Pedro Sánchez has assured that “democracy is working” in light of the revelations of the opaque accounts of Juan Carlos I. The president has assured that the Government is letting the Tax Agency technicians work “without interference” just a few hours after the lawyer for the king emeritus has reported that he has paid a tax debt of more than 678,000 including interest and surcharges. For Sánchez, this revelation is a symptom that the institutions are doing their job: from the Prosecutor’s Office to the Justice through the Treasury and the media that are reporting what happened.
In an interview in Informativos Telecinco, Sánchez explained that the case of the former head of state has to end “with transparency, reaching the end of the investigation and respecting the rights that the emeritus king also has as a taxpayer before the Tax Agency.” He has also appealed to the presumption of innocence of Juan Carlos de Borbón, despite the fact that he has regularized the payments he made – in addition to Queen Sofía and some of her grandchildren – through opaque credit cards, as published by elDiario. it is.RELATED
In addition to appealing to the presumption of innocence of the emeritus king, Sánchez has made a fierce defense of the monarchy and Felipe VI: “What we are doing is judging people, not institutions.” Thus, he has asked “not to mix one thing with another” and “safeguard the Constitution”, which he has considered to be “the greatest achievement in the collective history” of Spain. “It is necessary to respect the parliamentary monarchy and that is what the Government does”, has settled.
In that sense, he has denied that the monarchy is at risk in response to the words of the second vice president, Pablo Iglesias, who assured that “sooner or later we will see a republic in Spain.” “No, it is not. That’s how resounding I tell you. It is not,” he answered the question of whether the Crown is in danger. In fact, he recalled that the PSOE defended the republic as a model of the State during the constitutional process, but that it lost that amendment and assumed “the pact in its literal sense.” The socialist leader maintains that the majority of the Cortes wanted that system forty years ago. In the same vein as the Government spokesperson, María Jesús Montero, Sánchez has avoided commenting on the suitability of the King Emeritus returning to Spain at Christmas and has left the decision in the hands of the Royal Family. However, he has emphasized that Juan Carlos de Borbón has promised to return if required by Justice.
Radically different from that of Sánchez has been the reaction of United We Can. His spokesman in Congress, Pablo Echenique, has considered that the regularization carried out by Juan Carlos de Borbón is only “one of the pufos he has.” “What an international shame,” he said on Twitter. In the same vein, the ERC spokesman, Gabriel Rufián, criticized that with the fiscal regularization Juan Carlos de Borbón “recognizes that he has committed a tax crime and returns only € 678,394 of what was stolen to avoid one of the numerous legal cases that lurk. ” Iñigo Errejón, for his part, has demanded explanations about what happened: “The Government cannot continue to be an accomplice of this circus. We will again ask for transparency from Congress.” However, investigating the king emeritus in Congress has become mission impossible.
From the PP they refer to the words of Pablo Casado last Sunday, when El País published the intention of the former head of State to regularize his fiscal situation. The head of the opposition limited himself to praising the figure of Juan Carlos I: “I keep the legacy of King Juan Carlos to be the architect of the Transition, to be an essential piece in the recovery of freedoms, democracy, too at the time of preparing this Constitution and the matters that it has done privately fall within another power of the State that will be the one that will have to determine if there is any responsibility. “
Citizens have regretted that it is shown that the emeritus king kept “hidden money of dubious origin”, as the spokesman, Edmundo Bal, assured, who before entering politics was a State lawyer and as head of the Criminal section was dedicated to pursuing this type of practices. Although he has criticized that this is “morally reprehensible behavior”, he stressed that he did “a great service to Spain for many years and our democracy owes him a lot.” However, Bal condemned that this behavior, having kept a large amount of money “of dubious origin” hidden until now, is “disappointing”.
Sánchez has also spoken out about the chats of retired soldiers nostalgic for Franco’s regime who sent a letter to the king warning of the rupture of the country and has considered it “grotesque.” However, he stressed that these people do not represent the Army and recalled that some were even “exponents” of the attempted coup on 23F. “The most serious thing is not that letter, which does not represent the Army, for me the most serious thing is the policies that legitimize those speeches,” he said before criticizing having listened to the president of the Community of Madrid, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, ” to say that you literally subscribe to the elements of that letter “:” It shows to what extent this type of thinking is being legitimized. “
Asked if he considers that there is a civil plot against the Government, Sánchez replied that “what there is is an unreal hate speech that is being proclaimed by some political tribunes and the media.” “When citizens hear their leaders say that there is going to be a Soviet Chavista communist regime, people get scared, but it is unreal,” said Sánchez, who, at that point, has reproached Casado for his position, which he has called a “primary of the right and the far right “.
“It gives the feeling that if the PP governs then the Government is legitimate and, if it does not govern, what is coming is a supposed Judeo-Masonic conspiracy of a Soviet Bolivarian regime – he has recriminated -. These are lunatic assumptions that have nothing to do with the citizen concerns “. Along the same lines, he has criticized Casado defending the Constitution “in the morning” while he “fails to comply with it in the afternoon” in reference to the PP’s refusal to renew the General Council of the Judiciary (CGPJ). Thus, he has condemned the PP postponing the renewal of the governing body of the judges, which has been in office for more than two years, until the Catalan elections pass, for which he has labeled a “complex for the extreme right.” However, he has been willing to speak with the head of the opposition, who reproaches him for not returning his call since the end of October. He has always had my phone open to send me an SMS, a WhatsApp or to call me. “However, he has complained that” respect and decorum has been conspicuous by its absence “in Casado’s comments about him.
He has also defended the agreements signed to carry out the General State Budgets in the face of criticism for having carried them out thanks to formations such as EH Bildu. “What is the opposition proposing? That it has not been of alarm? That there are no Budgets?” He asked himself. The striking thing is not that ten groups have supported these Budgets, the striking thing is that there are groups that are have ignored the fate of the country. “
Regarding the possibility of pardoning the independence leaders before the Catalan elections, Sánchez has not been as exhaustive as the first vice president, Carmen Calvo, who cooled that possibility by ensuring that the process lasts between four and six months, but has recalled that “the duty is to process those reports of pardons” because otherwise it would be “prevaricating”. He also recalled that before the decision is raised to the Council of Ministers, the Prosecutor’s Office and the Supreme Court have to decide. “It will be then when I will answer that question”, has settled.