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The conservative and majoritarian association of prosecutors is strengthening its influence in the Tax Council.

Preliminary figures for the Tax Board elections show the body in which the majority and the conservative association, the Association of Prosecutors, increased their majority with six members for two received by the Progressive Union of Prosecutors, and a member that received, for the first time in its history, the Professional and Independent Association of Prosecutors.

These are preliminary results proposed by various sources in the absence of information on the final results, which will be known this Thursday, indicating the specific votes received by each candidate. In the last Tax Board elections, successive recounts changed the composition of the Council: the Association of Prosecutors lost adviser José Ortiz, and the Progressive Union of Prosecutors won Dolores Delgado, at the time coordinator for combating jihadist terrorism at the National Court.

⚖️ 6 AF candidates elected to the Tax Council.

👉 The race has spoken. Participation was massive.

😃 Thank you all for your trust and participation!

— Fiscal Association (@AFiscales) May 4, 2022

If the result does not change, the Association of Prosecutors gains a member in relation to the previous mandate, the Progressive Union of Prosecutors loses a member and the APIP joins the Council. In the case of the APIF, for the first time he receives representation from Salvador Viada, the prosecutor of the Supreme Court. With the exception of later counts, this is the new composition of the Financial Board:

Jorge Andujar (AF) Eva Mas (AF) Isabelle Gomez (AF) Roberto Valverde (AF) Miguel Rodriguez (AF) Beatriz Sanchez (AF) Yolanda Ortiz (UPF) Santiago Mena (UPF) Salvador Viada (APIF)

The Association of Majority Prosecutors presented six candidates: Anti-Corruption Prosecutor Jorge Andujara, Computer Crime Prosecutor Roberto Valverde, and Provincial Prosecutors Miguel Rodriguez, Isabel Gomez, Eva Mas and Beatriz Sanchez. The Progressive Union of Prosecutors, for its part, introduced Alexandra Garcia, Santiago Mena, Francisco Montijano, Yolanda Ortiz, Luis del Rio and Belen Marin. Finally, the Professional and Independent Association of Prosecutors sought their entry into the body, along with sexist violence prosecutor Silvia López, anti-corruption prosecutor Teresa Galvez and Salvador Viada. The latter is the current president of the association and the prosecutor of the Supreme Court.

Convulsive mandate

The last time the Tax Council was updated was in the first quarter of 2018. The elections, which included five prosecutors from the Association of Prosecutors and four from the Progressive Union of Prosecutors, gave way to a convulsive and conflicted mandate to the Supreme Court.

The Association of Prosecutors has focused its criticism on Delgado’s appointment policy, pointing primarily to those prosecutor appointments held by UPF, an association of which the Attorney General is a member. Since the appointment of Juan Ignacio Campos as deputy prosecutor of the Supreme Court, in which they abstained, as well as with open criticism, for example, of the handling of the case of Ignacio Stampa, one of the prosecutors in the Villarejo case, and a call for his resignation.

The association has also approached European Commissioner of Justice Didier Reynders to criticize the reform of the Tax Statute, which sees the Attorney General promoted to Courtroom Prosecutor when she leaves office. However, from the Progressive Union of Prosecutors, they believe that the AF defends in court positions that contradict those that they bring to the Fiscal Council, and that its goal is to “undermine” the Attorney General and the Council itself.

The Supreme Court recently reversed one of those appointments. Case of Eduardo Esteban as Premise Prosecutor and Delegate for Juvenile Affairs in March 2021 against Jose Miguel de la Rosa, the candidate of the Association of Prosecutors, following an evaluation of the candidate’s and another association’s appeal in two different verdicts.

The Supreme Court forces Delgado to repeat the appointment, but motivated in a tough resolution: “There is a difference between the two applicants that is so striking that it makes the reasons inferred by the State’s Attorney General in his offer of the position the appointee refuse because He does not explain why he believes that despite such clear differences, even so, Mr. Eduardo Esteban Rincón is more suitable for this special position.”


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