10 parties ask for a commission in Congress

United We Can, BNG, EH Bildu, ERC, Junts, CUP, PDeCAT, PNV, Compromís and Más País have registered this Wednesday in Congress a request for the creation of a investigation commission to clarify the alleged espionage of more than 60 pro-independence politicians through the Pegasus system that only governments can acquire.

Specifically, the partner of the coalition government, the parliamentary allies and other pro-independence parties demand that Congress open an investigation into “espionage and interference with privacy through malware Pegasus and Candiru of political leaders, activists, lawyers, journalists, institutions and their relatives and relatives”.

The text of the request urges Congress to investigate an alleged espionage that would have “undermined fundamental rights” and remember that the Pegasus system is only sold to law enforcement and intelligence agencies.

“The facts, to this day, affect at least 65 peoplebeing, therefore, indications of a systematic and generalized espionage of political orientation”, affects the proposal.

They ask to know “the involvement of State institutions”

The ten signatory parties ask thatand the commission works for at least six months to “know in detail the implication of the State institutions”. They also demand that investigations into the “responsibility” and the “misuse” of the “technical structures of the Departments of Defense, Interior, Vice Presidency, and Justice and the linking of said structures with espionage.”

They also put the focus on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and they ask to know “in detail” all their actions “in relation to the investigations allegedly carried out in an allegedly illegal manner, without being sub iudice, of the Generalitat delegations abroad.”

Aragonès considers the dialogue table frozen for Pegasus espionage and calls for an investigation in Congress

The commission also should clarify the cost of the contracts and the details of the contracting processes for the development or purchase of Pegasus and other tools used for espionage “by official bodies.” In addition, they ask to propose “compensation measures” to all those affected by these actions.

They point out the need to “shield democracy”

As usual in this type of bodies, they point to the “assumption of responsibilities arising from the misuse of government structures” and demand that the appropriate control, investigation and prevention measures be proposed to “shield democracy abuses of State force” and “avoid its use against civil and political rights”.

The undersigned parties insist that to date no response has been given on the actions carried out by the public powers in relation to the assumption and purification of responsibilities that were concluded in the Congressional Committee of Inquiry Kitchen.

In addition, they point out that at an international level the concern derived from the use of espionage software is evident since The European Parliament has set up a committee of research in this regard.

The spokesman for United We Can, Pablo Echenique, already demanded this Tuesday from the Ministers of the Interior, Fernando Grande Marlaska, and Defense, Margarita Robles, “clear” explanations and a government investigation on this matter, while independence leaders such as Carles Puigdemont, Oriol Junauqeras or Pere Aragonès announced that they would adopt legal measures.


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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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