Reactions to the archive of investigations into King Juan Carlos

The decision of the Prosecutor’s Office of the Supreme Court of archive investigations into the fortune of King Juan Carlos referring to the alleged illegal commissions of the AVE to Mecca or the alleged use of ‘black’ cards has generated the first political reactions, especially criticism from formations such as United We Can, More Madrid or EH Bildu.

The Prosecutor’s Office has adopted the closure of the proceedings having prescribed the facts or having happened before 2014, when he was protected by inviolability as head of state, as well as by the “insufficient evidence incriminating” in other cases and to the tax adjustments carried out by the King Emeritus himself.

Sources of Moncloa have expressed their respect for the decision of the Prosecutor’s Office and have defended their independence. However, they have not wanted to comment on whether the king emeritus should now return to Spain from the United Arab Emirates, since they consider that it is a personal decision that corresponds to Zarzuela, which has not commented on the news either.

However, the Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, has said repeatedly in recent months that King Juan Carlos should give explanations about his business abroad. “This is disturbing information, and in the end they undermine the confidence of the Spanish people in all the institutions”, he stated last October.

Podemos, Bildu and ERC criticize the decision

On Twitter there have been reactions to the news, such as that of the parliamentary spokesman for United We Can, Paul Echeniquewho has ironized that the Prosecutor’s Office has filed the case against King Juan Carlos “smack in the middle of the worst war in Europe in decades”.

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In this sense, he pointed out that Felipe VI “recognized the corrupt origin of his father’s fortune just on the first day of the state of alarm with Spain in a state of shock” and adds: “Two innocent coincidences. Long live the king!”.

From the official account of Podemos they have joined the criticism, stating that the king emeritus “is a fraudster”. “If he is not condemned, it is thanks to his inviolability. We deserve democratic, transparent institutions that are not above the law,” he added.

For his part, the deputy of EH Bildu Jon Inarritu has highlighted the “ability” of the Prosecutor’s Office to announce the decision “in the middle of the armed conflict”. “It will go almost unnoticed, how lucky is JC I. So many alleged? Cases of continued crimes and they come to nothing between prescriptions and inviolability (real impunity),” he wrote from his Twitter account.

From CKD, the delegate of the Generalitat of Catalonia in Madrid, Ester Capella, has opined that “the law is not the same for everyone”. the leader of More Madrid in the Assembly of the Community of Madrid, Monica Garciahas also criticized the decision of the Prosecutor’s Office and has assured that “justice is equal for all, but if you are the king emeritus a little less”.

In the same sense, the spokesperson for this formation in the Madrid City Council has spoken, Rita Masterwhich has indicated that the emeritus is “guilty but acquitted” and that the news “surprises no one”since “once again it is shown that the surname is ahead of the established facts”.

“Impunity. Everything tied up,” BNG deputy Néstor Rego has also written, citing news about the king emeritus.

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The ‘popular’ Enrique López defends the presumption of innocence

On the contrary, Enrique López, Minister of the Presidency of the Community of Madrid, has underlined on the social network that Don Juan Carlos deserves “the presumption of innocenceinstitutional respect and democratic memory”, “three things” that Sánchez “should demand of his ministers and the parties he supports”. “Although for this, it would not be bad if he began by defending them himself…” apostilled.”In a row of one to ask for forgiveness”, the PP has also written in a message New Generations next to a photo of the king emeritus.

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George Holan

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

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