PSOE and Podemos plan another extra plenary session in Congress to approve the law that suppresses the crime of sedition

The express processing does not take breaks and on Tuesday it will be approved by the Justice Commission

MADRID, Dec. 9 (.) –

The PSOE and Unidas Podemos are considering the possibility of resorting for the third time to holding an extra plenary session in Congress for their bill that eliminates the crime of sedition, which continues its express processing in the Chamber after the presentation this Friday of partial amendments.

The parties that are part of the Government already resorted to this mechanism of the extra plenary session in the first parliamentary review, when the take into consideration was voted at one in the morning, and a week later they repeated to reject the alternative texts of PP, Vox, Cs, Together and CUP.

Once the amendments to the articles have been presented, the reform of the Criminal Code enters its final stretch in Congress and it is intended to complete all phases next week. From the outset, the Bureau of the Justice Commission, where the PSOE, Unidas Podemos and ERC have three votes compared to the two that the PP has, decided to convene the presentation on Monday the 12th to discuss the partial amendments behind closed doors, as reported to Europa Press parliamentary sources.

The plan is for his report to be voted on the following day in the commission and, if this calendar is met, the bill would be ready for debate in plenary, since it is an organic law that needs to be approved by an absolute majority in plenary session.

And that same Tuesday the Board of Spokespersons meets that must set a date for the final vote, but since the agenda for the next plenary session has already been made and its modification requires unanimity that is impossible, since PP, Vox and Ciudadanos do not would accept, the PSOE and Podemos are considering reorganizing a new plenary session on Thursday, December 16, dedicated to the final approval of the bill for its referral to the Senate.


In other words, this reform of the Penal Code will complete its processing in Congress in just over a month. And that is a proposal for an organic law to reform the Penal Code, what jurists call ‘The Constitution in negative’, which not only addresses the end of the crime of sedition for which the leaders of the ‘procés’, but also transposes European directives on dual-use weapons smuggling, includes an aggravation of penalties for concealment of the body and via amendment it is also intended to create the crime of illicit enrichment or even modify that of embezzlement.

From the outset, and as it is a bill from the parliamentary groups and not a bill from the coalition government, the initiative was already registered without consulting reports from the Council of State and the General Council of the Judiciary.

The Board of Congress gave it its approval on November 14 and sent it to the Government for the process of giving its approval. The Executive has 30 days to exercise its veto power over legislative initiatives that it considers to alter its budgetary policy, whether due to decreased revenue or excess spending. But this time he had 29 days left to pronounce and just 24 hours after the bill was sent to him from the Table of Congress, the Executive registered his document of conformity for processing.


Yes, there was a report from the lawyers of the Chamber that put many formal buts to the reaction of the initiative, recalling that another similar penal reform of transposition of European legislation was already in process and that the name should be changed to make it clear that the initiative suppresses the crime of sedition, not only that it modifies that of public disorder.

The PSOE and Unidas Podemos requested that it be processed through the urgent procedure, which implies cutting the deadlines for amendments in half. In fact, on November 29, the two joined forces at the Congress Table to further shorten the deadlines and give only three days to present the full amendments, which were debated two days later.

All this following the road map of the coalition government so that the end of the crime of secession, which supported the sentences of the leaders of the independence process of 2017, is approved before the end of the year and can be in force as soon as possible.

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