The Central Court of Penitentiary Surveillance of the National Court has granted the third degree to the leader of the ‘Gürtel’, Francisco Correa, noting that his evolution since he entered prison in 2009 has been “very positive”. Legal sources have confirmed to Europa Press that he, upon his release from prison, will work in a media outlet.
In an order, collected by this news agency, the judge of Penitentiary Surveillance José Luis Castro upholds Correa’s own appeal against the agreement of the General Secretariat of Penitentiary Institutions and agrees his progression to third degree alarming that he consider his behavior from his liberty provisionally reaffirms “an attitude distanced from a possible breach in the face of the possibility of new convictions.”
It should be remembered that Correa, who entered prison in 2009, has a maximum sentence limit of 18 years in prison. The Supreme Court constituted 51 years in prison for him only for the so-called first period of ‘Gürtel’, although he adds other sentences and pending cases.
In the resolution, the Penitentiary Surveillance magistrate reviews some of the variables that must be taken into account to make this decision, such as the seriousness of the crime. “This factor of maladjustment cannot stabilize constantly, since it would prevent evaluating the evolution of the prisoner,” he clarifies.
Thus, and despite the fact that it is “a qualitatively remarkable circumstance and that has been taken into account by the court when graduating the imposition of the sentence”, it must be taken “into account as a dynamic concept that constitutes at the entrance door for the start of treatment from which the evolution of the prisoner is determined”. In this sense, the magistrate highlights that Correa “has assumed criminal and civil responsibility for him, has collaborated with the administration of justice and has enjoyed exit permits without incident.” To these circumstances, he concludes, “we must add the antiquity of the criminal acts and that it is unlikely that the circumstances in which the criminal activity for which he has been convicted occurred in the future.”
Finally, the judge also alludes to the pending processes. “It should not be ignored that the prisoner has a sentence limitation of 18 years in prison”, it indicates, adding that his “Behavior His Situation of Provisional Release” Affirms “A distanced attitude from a possible violation before the possibility of new sentences”.