New Government’s gesture toward the Police and the Civil Guard after the serious events of Catalonia. The vice-president of the Government, Carmen Calvo, announced this Friday in the press conference after the Council of Ministers that the holder of Justice, Dolores Delgado, has given instructions to the State bar to “ensure and strengthen” the legal assistance of both the agents that have experienced assaults or threats during the riots to be registered after hearing the judgment of the procés, as of those who “look reported or called a procedure in a condition to be investigated” for their actions during the same events. In this sense, the Government expects that the partners are “subject to accusations or false allegations by citizens”.


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In the statement, to which he has had access to THE COUNTRY, Justice has assumed that this reinforcement of the legal coverage of the police “can continue in time”, so that opens up the possibility of enable scholars outside the own Advocacy of the State to address the cases that are filed. The Ministry of the Interior deployed in Catalonia since last October 1 to 2,000 police officers and civil guards, who recently joined 100 other agents, as reinforcement for the templates of both bodies in this community. The measure does not include the mossos d’esquadra, whose legal defense is the responsibility of the government.

In the document, four sheets of extension, Delgado emphasizes that the members of the State Security Forces “are acting [in violent incidents] in the lawful exercise of their functions and are employing in a manner proportionate to the legitimate force and necessary to restore order”. In this sense, the text recalls that “the violent nature of the riots has also sparked that have occurred attacks of different consideration to the agents involved, a result, some of them injured and requiring hospitalization”. The statement also notes that, in addition, there have been “damage to property owned by the State”. For this reason, Justice considers it necessary to “strengthen the mechanisms of legal defense for these officials will be supported in their actions legitimate developed in Catalonia”, in addition to trying to get “the restitution or compensation of the damages caused” to the property of the state.

Justice makes it clear that this legal defense is not limited to police officers “unfairly harmed” during the riots, in reference to the injured or threatened, but also will include those agents that are defendants in the hypothetical proceedings that are opened in the courts of Catalonia. For the Government, the use of public resources in the defense of the agents is justified in “a clear interest” to the Administration itself.

Justice also provides that, “given the volume and extent of damages times”, the legal actions can be “extended in time”. For this reason, and for the interest of the Government to intervene “in all those judicial proceedings that are prosecuted actions which have been able to derive damages to the goods and services belonging to the state”, Justice opens the door to enable scholars outside the legal profession of the State to enforce this and thus be able to attend legally to the agents.


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