Urkullu asks to tackle the problems of the law, which adds 3 resources to the Basque Country

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Vitoria, November 18 (EFE).- The Lehendakari, Iñigo Urkullu, asked to correct the “undesirable problems” of the law “only yes is yes”, modifying it, unifying the doctrine or in both directions to avoid reduce penalties for sexual violence. crimes. In Euskadi, at the moment, three sex offenders are going to appeal their sentences.

The law for the integral guarantee of sexual freedom put an end to the distinction between sexual abuse and aggression by establishing that any sexual act without consent is an aggression. However, it also brought a reduction in the ranges of certain sentences in their minimum sections which led to the defense of sex offenders asking for their sentences to be reviewed.

In Euskadi, so far, there are three cases that are going to be examined at the risk of the norm, all in Gipuzkoa. The man sentenced by the court of this historic territory for having raped a minor under the age of 16 during the festivities of San Pelayo 2017 in Zarautz has already formalized his appeal.

In this case, the prosecution opposed the review of the sentence. The judge has yet to rule.

He is also considering appealing the San Sebastian tattoo artist convicted of three crimes of sexual assault, six of sexual abuse, one of harassment and another of mild coercion of multiple clients.

Similarly, another man who is serving nine years and three months in prison for raping and abusing his former girlfriend in San Sebastián will seek a review of his sentence, according to what their lawyer, Cristina Morcillo Buj, told Efe.

Equality Minister Irene Montero in recent statements to the press EFE/ Daniel González

Urkullu: “Unwanted Problems”

Outside the Basque Country, several judges have already reduced the sentences of sex offenders in application of the law. This has given rise to criticism of the standard and the Minister for Equality, Irene Monteroas well as a wave of concern in society and in the political class.

The lehendakari, Iñigo Urkullu, summoned the actors concerned to find a solution. To this end, he proposes to unify the doctrine, to modify the law or to combine the two paths. “The urgent thing is to avoid decisions that no one wants, to reduce stridency and to act rationally in the service of a greater good,” he concluded.

“The problems that have been generated are undesirable because it is obvious that they run counter to an objective shared by all of society and which is clear: to offer greater protection to women”, he stressed. .

The Minister for Equality, Beatriz Artolazabal, also spoke of the “undesirable effect” of the reduced sentence. “The aspects that make it possible will have to be reviewed,” he said. The adviser admitted to feeling “surprise and incomprehension” at the sentence reductions due to “legal gaps”.

Basque prosecutor: Critics “are not so many”

The Attorney General of the Basque Country, Carmen Adán, indicated for her part that the revisions of sentences after the entry into force of the law “are not so numerous”. He also stressed that it must be “examined on a case-by-case basis” and that it must be done “with care and attention”.

Adán also recalled that the office of the Attorney General of the State “receives all the necessary documentation” on the cases already examined to determine, “if necessary”, a unification of the criteria.

For his part, the government delegate in Euskadi, Denis Itxaso, defended that since “its genesis” the law of integral guarantee of sexual freedom He had the “spirit and calling” to pursue and eliminate all forms of gender-based violence.

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