Bolaños expresses the “resounding” condemnation of the Government towards the GAL after the statements of former Minister Barrionuevo

He tells the PNV that the recognition of the victims of the GAL was already given by Zapatero and does not concern the law of Democratic Memory

MADRID, November 15 (.) –

The Minister of the Presidency, Félix Bolaños, has transferred this Tuesday the “resounding” condemnation of the Government towards the Anti-Terrorist Liberation Groups (GAL), for whose activity former minister José Barrionuevo ended up in jail, who in an interview has acknowledged that he ordered the arrest an ETA member illegally and free Segundo Marey, whom they mistook for a member of ETA.

To a question from the PNV at the government control session in the Senate, Bolaños pointed out that “there are things that should never have happened.” Said this, he has indicated that Justice “already sentenced” the authors and that “these sentences have already been fulfilled.”

“The Government rejects and condemns those facts without palliatives, a resounding condemnation, with all clarity. It is in the antipodes that this Government has of doing things,” the minister highlighted.

Bolaños has valued the “so exemplary” way in which Spanish democracy defeated ETA through the “unity of political forces, respect and support for the victims and the strength of society.” For the head of the Presidency, Relations with the Courts and Democratic Memory, this is the “best example of memory.”

This is how he answered a question from the PNV on whether the Government plans to adopt measures to defend the “dignity of the victims of the GAL as a result of the latest confessions” of the former Minister of the Interior, in the time of Felipe González, José Barrionuevo.


However, Bolaños wanted to make it clear to PNV senator Estefanía Beltrán de Heredia that he responded out of “parliamentary courtesy”, but that her question has “absolutely” nothing to do with the recently approved Democratic Memory law designed by the ministry headed by Bolaños.

The minister has replied that the victims of the GAL are already “perfectly” recognized in a law on victims that the Government of José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero promoted in September 2011.

With that law, he has had an impact, all victims of terrorism are now regulated in a “universal” way, including those committed by “parapolice groups” in the so-called “dirty war.”

On behalf of the PNV, Beltrán de Heredia has demanded that the secrecy of all documentation regarding the GAL be lifted, urging the minister to take measures “in favor of the truth and dignity of the victims of the GAL” after the statements of Barrionuevo.

The spokeswoman for the Basque party in the Senate has said that “it is time” to declassify the “hidden” information about events from 40 years ago “under the protection of the Official Secrets law.” “This is not typical of a democratic state committed to the truth, justice and reparation for the victims,” ​​she said.

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