Sánchez proclaims the “total independence” of the Prosecutor’s Office after boasting of managing it
President Pedro Sanchez has amended itself in a parliamentary response to opposition on account of how it manages the government his relations with the prosecution. The Executive now says that it does not dictate “any mandate or instruction.” He affirms it in a written response to which ABC has had access, with which he tries to avoid the thorny Stampa case, which has put the State Attorney General, the former “Sanchista” minister, Dolores Delgado, in serious trouble. The argument that the Government is now giving clashes squarely with what Sánchez himself proclaimed a couple of years ago, when he presumed that the Prosecutor’s Office was at his orders.
That controversial phrase launched it in
an interview on Radio Nacional de España (RNE), on November 6, 2019, shortly before the electoral repetition that allowed him to continue in La Moncloa with the current PSOE-Podemos coalition government. In that intervention on state public radio, Sánchez boasted of having full control in the office of the Prosecutor’s Office when asked about the judicial procedures that the Public Ministry had promoted to activate the euroorder for the arrest of the fugitive Carles Puigdemont.
Sánchez directly scored the goal of that criminal action. As proof that the Prosecutor’s Office was acting under the orders of the Government, he blurted out to the interviewer: “Who does the Prosecutor’s Office report to? Who does it depend on? At the insistence, the journalist replied: “From the Government.” What the president finished with a “well, that’s it.” Two months later, from the newly launched PSOE-Podemos Government, Pedro Sánchez raised the prosecutor Dolores Delgado, former socialist quota minister, to the State Attorney General’s Office.
Those statements by the tenant of La Moncloa triggered an intense stir with hints of indignation among those who, from the prosecutor’s career and outside of it, considered Sánchez’s attitude a direct attack on the formal independence of the Public Ministry. Two months later, the newly released PSOE-Podemos Government supported the Attorney General of the State to the prosecutor Dolores Delgado, former minister of socialist quota.
Now, however, Sánchez amends himself and says the opposite to avoid the viscous Stampa case, the long shadow of suspicion that extends over the State Attorney General for actions taken on the prosecutor Ignacio Stampa, who was investigating a case (‘Tandem’) in which the former judge had a direct interest Baltasar Garzón, partner of Dolores Delgado who acts as defense attorney for three of the defendants in these proceedings.
In November that scandal broke, which put Delgado in serious trouble. And the matter came to Congress in the form of Parliamentary questions asking for explanations from the Government of Sánchez. But the same person who, a little over two years ago, boasted that the Prosecutor’s Office was at his command to obtain political profit in the electoral campaign, now says just the opposite to escape the thorny Stampa case.
In a written response to parliamentary questions from Vox, La Moncloa now puts land in between regarding the Prosecutor’s Office. It does so profusely, appealing to the Constitution and the law that regulates the Organic Statute of the Public Prosecutor’s Office. And topping it off with a vehement political declaration in which the Government proclaims itself alien to the “functioning or organization” of the institution governed by former Minister Dolores Delgado.
“The Public Prosecutor acts with total independence, without the Government being able to address any mandate or instruction on its operation or organization”, now indicates the Executive of Sánchez in this parliamentary response. Vox had asked him about the claim of patrimonial responsibility that Ignacio Stampa promoted against Dolores Delgado for undermining his professional career and his prestige and public image as a prosecutor.