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The presented justice masked the refusal to pardon Maria Salmeron in order to avoid debate in the Council of Ministers.

“The denial of my pardon crept into the Council of Ministers and you approved it in a package with 74 other denials of pardon because you didn’t know mine was among them. They voted for something they didn’t know they were voting about. For how can the rule of law allow this? Let them explain to me, because this is a delusion.” Maria Salmeron group last Wednesday deputies and politicians from United We Can who appeared at a meeting convened before the Congress of Deputies in support of this mother.

The organizers demanded government amendment for refusing to pardon this mother, as well as for damages against Salmeron, who was entangled in judicial gibberish for more than 20 years due to the failure of some of her daughter’s visits with her father between 2012 and 2014.

The final chapter of this institutional abuse is her almost certain ending up in prison to serve the nine-month sentence to which she was sentenced by the Seville Criminal Court No. 6 in 2019, which will take effect when the executive branch denies the pardon. Salmeron is due to appear in court on May 18.

What Salmeron had in mind in his conversation with political representatives (including Enrique Santiago, Chema Guijarro, Isa Serra and Lilith Verstringe, among others) is how the ministry, led by Pilar Llop, presented the denial of his pardon. Council of Ministers last April 26th.

According to what Público has learned, the ministry that runs Pilar Llop included it among the issues that go to this meeting with the so-called “green coding”, that is, issues on which there is consensus and which do not need to be discussed. A curious fact to say the least, since the Salmerón case is a well-known one that has attracted media and public attention over the years and for which the leadership Ministry of Equalityand was especially interested stands for pardon. This has been publicly stated by both Minister Irene Montero, Government Delegate against Gender Violence (Victoria Rosell) and Secretary of State for Equality (Angela Rodriguez) on their social media and at various public events over the past months.

Sources familiar with the case explained to Público that including him in this way in the Council of Ministers is an unusual practice when there are disagreements within the government or between different ministries, as in this case.

Justice also did not previously warn that his ministry’s report on Salmeron’s pardon was negative and that it would be presented to the Council of Ministers on April 26. Various media, including Público, have been interested over the past year and a half (since Salmerón’s pardon petition was filed in September 2020) about the evolution of the case, the significance of the decision and when it will be discussed. in the Council of Ministers without receiving answers. More than 300 associations and 500 people signed the pardon petition.

government silence

At the press conference after the meeting of the Council of Ministers, there was no mention of a pardon for Salmeron, as is usually the case when the decision is of great public interest. Without going into details, a partial pardon for Juana Rivas was announced by a government spokesman after a ministerial meeting.

The reaction to the refusal came a few hours later and did not occur until the day after the meeting of the Council of Ministers, when the media repeated the government’s refusal of the preferential measure. The first of these was El País.

A day after the meeting of the executive branch (April 27), the indignation in the Ministry of Equality became evident. Irene Montero wrote on her Twitter account: “Conviction of Maria Salmeron would not be possible today due to the Children’s Law which suspends dating bullies and bans false SAP.”

On the same day, a government delegate against gender-based violence tweeted: “I can’t stop thinking about Mary and Miriam. [hija de María Salmerón]. It is a great triumph for #GenderViolence that the man who abused her after her marriage was sentenced to a prison term he did not comply with and given a visitation regime against his daughter’s wishes, sees his victim in prison for disobedience.” added that “conviction for disobedience – an institutional punishment – for protective mothers who do not submit to dates with aggressors is contrary to the state’s due diligence.”

For her part, Angela Rodríguez Pam, Secretary of State for Equality, said April 27: “We do not share the decision not to pardon Maria Salmerón. If the case had been dealt with in accordance with the approved children’s law, nothing would have happened. father A rapist cannot be a good father. Mary’s going to jail is a failure of the institutions.”

Both sources in the Ministry Equality how of Justice Contacted by Público, they declined to comment on the matter, saying that they could not comment on the discussion or not of the Council of Ministers, and limited themselves to notes issued by ministries and public statements by those in charge in recent days. On the part of justice, they limited themselves to the information already disseminated by the said ministry and to the statements of Minister Llop on this matter a day after the refusal to pardon Salmeron was approved. The rest of the executive branch keeps absolute silence on this issue.

Three pardons of the People’s Party

The failure of some of the girl’s dates with her father led to a cascade of complaints from Antonio Ruiz Daza, Salmeron’s former partner, which ended in jail time for the mother. Three of them were annulled by partial pardon when the People’s Party ruled with Rajoy as prime minister. The last one, handed down in 2016, was later annulled by the Supreme Court in March 2018 for “lack of motivation”, but Salmeron did not go to jail as the sentence had already been given.

The fourth pardon, requested by more than 300 organizations and 500 individuals, was presented to the Ministry of Justice in September 2020, where it remained unemployed for over a year without being referred to the Council of Ministers after the case was closed. According to the regulations, when more than a year has passed since the registration of the documentation, the pardon is considered to be denied “due to administrative silence.” On April 26, the Government approved his refutation.


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