The president of the Government, Pedro Sanchez, has ruled out immediately reforming the law of only yes is yes after the reduction of sentences for several convicted of sexual crimes and has asked “wait” for the courts to unify the doctrine to “extract conclusions”.
Sánchez has defended that the objective of Irene Montero’s law is “protect and give more guarantees to women” and has appealed to the “sensitivity” of the courts and the Prosecutor’s Office to “unify the criteria and the doctrine” before initiating any type of reform.
“The will of the Executive and Legislative Powers was to reinforce the security of women. What has been done has been to identify any type of sexual offense such as sexual assault so that there are more aggravated penalties”, Pedro Sánchez stated this Wednesday from Bali, where the G20 summit was held.
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The President of the Government has defended that the law of only yes is yes “it is a great conquest” for feminism and “a cutting-edge law” and he has avoided at all times talking about an immediate reform of the law, as some members of the Government have already done, such as the Minister of Finance, María Jesús Montero. He has also been convinced that this law will “inspire” other laws in the world.
Thus, Sánchez has asked “wait” for the courts to unify the criteria and doctrine before making any type of decision that involves a reform of the law promoted by the Ministry of Equality after several convicted of sexual offenses have had their sentences reduced after the entry into force of this standard.
María Jesús Montero calls for a reform
This position of the President of the Government clashes head-on with that of the Minister of Finance and Deputy Secretary General of the PSOE, María Jesús Montero, who on Tuesday recognized that the law of only yes is yes needs a revision to introduce changes.
“I think that after a sentence that has been handed down under the law, the sentences should be studied carefully. Obviously, it was not the objective,” he said Tuesday in the Senate
The law promoted by the Ministry of Equality has become news after it became known that the Provincial Court of Madrid has started to revise downward the sentences imposed for sexual crimesincluding sexual abuse of minors, after the entry into force of the Organic Law of Comprehensive Guarantee of Sexual Freedom.
The General Council of the Judiciary, before the approval of the norm, already warned that something like this could happen. “In the case of the basic type of rape, a prison sentence of 4 to 10 years is foreseen, while rape is currently punishable by 6 to 12 years in prison,” he said.
The law of only yes is yes it ended up reducing that minimum limit and the defense lawyers of people who have been sentenced for sexual crimes to the lowest sentence have filed appeals to benefit from the new classification. Given that, according to the Criminal Code, those laws that favor the prisoner will have retroactive effect, it has ended up being applied.
Equality sees no flaws in the Law
From the Ministry of Equality, lGovernment delegate against Gender Violence, Victoria Rosellhas assured this Tuesday that what happened “not a problem” of the law and has ruled out “studying” the legal text as María Jesús Montero has proposed.
For Rosell the problem is in “the judicial voluntarist interpretation against the advance of feminism” and has denounced that after the reduction of these sentences there is a “macho justice”.
crime of embezzlement
In his press conference after the G20 summit, Sánchez also made reference to the possible modification of the crime of embezzlement in the Penal Code. From Bali, the President of the Government has indicated that this possibility is still open although he has asked to wait for the processing of amendments to the bill presented by PSOE and Unidas Podemos in the Congress of Deputies to repeal the crime of sedition.
When asked about it repeatedly during the press conference, Sánchez has never denied that he wants to modify the crime of embezzlement.
However, he has reiterated that they are going to wait to find out the content of these amendments and “it will be discussed then”, but that now “It is not appropriate to debate about something abstract.”
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