MADRID, November 14 (.) –
Several government ministers have pointed out this Monday that the current regulation of the crime of embezzlement “is not fair” because the penalty is the same in the case that there is personal profit as in the case of non-profit, as would be the case of the former president of Andalusia José Antonio Griñán .
This has been supported by different members of the coalition Executive after the proposal for the elimination of the crime of sedition from the Penal Code and the claim of the pro-independence parties that the embezzlement be also reformed.
In an interview on Antena 3, collected by Europa Press, the Defense Minister, Margarita Robles, said that this debate corresponds to Congress, where it would take place through the amendments presented by the parliamentary groups.
In any case, he has maintained that “everyone” agrees that the current regulation of the crime of embezzlement is “very uneven.” “Obviously, the corrupt person who takes the money in his pocket is not the same as the one who does not take the money in his pocket,” he claimed.
In fact, she has assured that when she was studying embezzlement, she had a sentence of up to twelve years in prison and over the last few years “it has been lowered due to the disproportionate nature of the issue.”
The same argument has been shared by the Minister of Finance, María Jesús Montero, who has described as “obvious” that “it is not the same” a situation in which personal enrichment occurs from one in which there is none.
However, he has insisted that it is an approach that is not yet known because the parliamentary groups have not even presented the amendments to the bill. “It is not good to talk about issues that are so serious without even having a document that allows us to have a position. We are going to let the parliamentary groups make their proposals and when the time comes they will know the position of the Socialist Group,” he asked.
In this way, he has assured that the Government will study all the amendments that are registered to the bill to repeal sedition and has affirmed that the will of the Government is embodied in the text that the parliamentary groups of the PSOE and Unidas Podemos have registered.
THE PSOE WILL STUDY THE AMENDMENTS
The Minister of Education and PSOE Spokesperson, Pilar Alegría, has also assured that the Socialist Group will study the amendments that come from other groups to the sedition reform, which may include the embezzlement reform, although she has not clarified whether her party will support them.
“They will understand that I do not express myself on statements and proposals that we have not yet been able to see,” argued the socialist spokesperson, reiterating that each political party will have to know the purpose of these amendments. In the case of the PSOE, she has indicated that they presented the bill “with the clear objective of reforming the crime of sedition.”
What he did want to make clear is that the former president of the Junta de Andalucía, José Antonio Griñán, has not enriched himself personally. “It is not that the PSOE has determined it, but that it has been justice, nor Griñán, nor any leader of the PSOE of Andalusia”, he has riveted.
Along the same lines, the Minister of the Presidency, Félix Bolaños, has assured that the Government will study in detail a reform of the crime of embezzlement, for which the main leaders of the ‘procés’ were also sentenced, if ERC decides to present it in Congress an amendment to the bill with which PSOE and Podemos want to reform the Penal Code to repeal sedition.
“As with any amendment, what will be done is study it in depth,” said Bolaños, who has denied that ERC has proposed or is already negotiating with the PSOE in this regard. “It is difficult for me to comment on anything,” he pointed out when asked if the Government did not rule out also modifying the embezzlement incidentally.