The new Attorney General of the State, Álvaro García Ortizhas taken office this Monday, flanked by his ‘godmothers’: Dolores Delgado, former Attorney General of State, and Lieutenant Prosecutor María Ángeles Sánchez Conde, in a solemn act in the Supreme Court.
The president of the Supreme Court and the CGPJ, Carlos Lesmes, conducted the brief ceremony, with the presence of the Minister of Justice, Pilar Llop; the Ombudsman, Ángel Gabilondo; several magistrates of the Constitutional Court and the dome of the Supreme.
Later, at the headquarters of the State Attorney General’s Office, Álvaro García gave a speech in which he referred to the “generosity” and “honesty” of Dolores Delgado, who appointed him head of the Technical Secretariat of the Attorney General’s Office of the State (FGE) two years ago.
To alleviate the criticism that his appointment has received, due to his affinity with the Executive and as continuator of Dolores Delgado’s management in the FGE, Álvaro García has recalled in his speech that it is “the Government, the Executive Power, who constitutionally corresponds to propose the candidate for State Attorney General for subsequent appointment by the King”.
On August 2, García was sworn in before Felipe VI at a ceremony held at the Almudaina Palace in Palma de Mallorca. The head of the Executive, Pedro Sánchez, and the president of the Supreme Court and the CGPJ, Carlos Lesmes, attended the inauguration.
This Monday in an undisguised reference to the ‘Stampa’ case and to the criticism within the prosecutor’s career that the prosecutor for the ‘Villarejo case’ Ignacio Stampa was left without a position in Anticorruption due to alleged pressure from the then attorney general, Álvaro García has stated: “Our career must also find mechanisms to overcome structural blockages that put a brake on the development of the legitimate aspirations of the new and not so new promotions of prosecutors”.
García has said about the challenges of the FGE: “You will see us in the fight against gender violence, against human trafficking. In the protection of the rights of migrants and in the forceful criminal prosecution of criminal networks.”
He explained that “the demand for greater levels of autonomy for the Public Prosecutor’s Office is an aspiration that extends to all levels: organisational, functional, training and, of course, budgetary, because only with our own budget and the capacity and means to manage it will we be able to achieve true autonomy in all areas”.
has announced the appointment of Ana Garcia Leon as the new chief prosecutor of the Technical Secretariat, of which he has highlighted as “the best example of team, safety and reliability of the culmination of a collective work”.
He has also reported that the members of the Fiscal Council have already been informed of this appointment by email and that in the next plenary session, on September 14, he will do so in person.
García Ortiz was proposed to lead the FGE on July 19, after Delgado announced his departure, arguing that he was not in the physical condition necessary to continue in the position due to the spinal operation he underwent in April. .