Juana Rivas enters prison: “I never would have thought something like this would happen to us”

Juana Rivas has entered this friday voluntarily in the CIS ‘Matilde Cantos’ of Granada to comply with the order of entry into prison decreed by the Criminal Court 1 of Granada after she has been sentenced by the Supreme Court to two years and six months in prison for the theft of her two minor children. “Never in my life would I have thought something like this would happen to us. I think that this sentence is mainly for my children ”, said this mother from Maracena in these“ difficult ”moments.

Rivas arrived by taxi at around 10.48 am to this Social Insertion Center accompanied by her lawyers with a serious and visibly affected gesture carrying some bags with belongings, as Europa Press has been able to verify.

Rivas, who has declined to make statements when entering the CIS, has appeared there for his voluntary admission to prison to serve his sentence, as detailed to Europa Press by his lawyer, Carlos Aránguez, who affirms that they will use all avenues legal so that this situation lasts the shortest possible time, especially the estimate of your appeal against the order of admission to prison, the classification in third degree penitentiary and the granting of total pardon.

In a subsequent statement sent by her lawyer, Juana Rivas reported that “these are very difficult times.” “I am going to go to prison. Never in my life would I have thought something like this would happen to us. I think that this sentence is mainly for my children, ”she said, while she has also been sentenced to special disqualification from the exercise of parental authority for six years.

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Rivas wanted to “thank the numerous expressions of affection that he has received in these days” and has guaranteed that he will never “stop fighting for his children.” “I am going to comply with a decision that I consider very unfair, but that I am not going to disobey,” he added.

He thus pointed out that “no matter how hard it is to enter jail, the most terrible moments” of his life have been when “he had no choice” but to hand over his children to the father of the minors because justice “demanded” it of him. . “But instead, my complaint for mistreatment against him was kept in a drawer for 13 months. For after 30 more months, to be archived without even listening to me ”, he lamented, after a few months ago he made effective the compensation to his ex-partner of 12,000 euros as he has been sentenced.

“I have faith and hope that the Government will grant me a pardon, and that will allow me to continue fighting for my children and ask for their rights to be recognized in Italy. We have suffered a lot, it seems that we still have enough, and that cannot be forgotten “, he said, guaranteeing that he will” never give up. ” “I owe it to my children. I owe it to myself as a person, woman and mother. I will continue to fight for my children to have a calmer life one day, although there is already irreparable damage, “he warned.

The plenary session of the Criminal Chamber of the Supreme Court (TS) has sentenced Juana Rivas to two years and six months in prison for a crime of child abduction, after she left Italy with her children in 2016 with the claim of not returning despite not having parental consent, spending a month in the summer of 2017 in unknown whereabouts with the little ones, in breach of the court decisions that forced him to hand them over to the father.

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Juana Rivas has defended during this time that she left in 2016 with her two children from Italy – where they had fixed their habitual residence – to flee from alleged mistreatment of which she accuses her ex-partner and father of the minors.

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