Spanish justice downplays the extreme right with outrageous sentence against Mònica Oltra

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Photo: an image of one of the defendants on the day of the events (Credit: Directe!Cat)

The Llíria Court of Instruction 6 (Valencia region) acquitted the four members of the extreme-right group ‘Spain 2000’ that threatened the vice president of the Valencian Autonomous Government (Consell de la Generalitat Valenciana) and leader of the ‘Commitment’ party, Mònica Oltra. They had confronted her at the door of her house with their faces covered with masks from the film “Scream”. They were absolved of crimes of threats, coercion and lack of respect for authority, in a sentence that seeks to downplay the actions and ideology of the ultra-right group.

According to the newspaper El Mundo, the magistrate who issued the ruling has said that “it cannot be deemed that these events involved the intensity required for them to be considered a minor crime. It cannot be objectively credited that the complainant was threatened with future harm beyond her subjective judgement in linking those on trial with the extreme right”. Subjective judgement? Yes, according to Spanish justice it is only a “subjective judgement” that “Spain 2000” is an extreme-right political group.

Its members were carrying a Spanish flag with the inscription “Long live Spanish unity”, in reference to the flag used in a 1934 Spanish demonstration led by the founder of the Falange (Ed: Spanish political group of fascist ideology), José Antonio Primo de Rivera. However, in the ruling by the Spanish justice, there was no intention of taking into consideration the extreme right ideology of those on trial and, in short, it enjoys total impunity in Spain. “It cannot be taken into account to evaluate the events object of this procedure, as only the facts really committed by the defendants can be considered,” writes the judge.

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