Record day for sentence reductions for sexual offenders with the Law of only yes is yes. In a single day there have been 45 new downward revisions -43 in Andalusia and another two in La Rioja-, which suddenly raises to 322 criminals who have benefited from this rule.
Among them are two rapists who will be released from prison thanks to the discount. These are two Algerian immigrants in Vitoria, sentenced in May 2021 to four years in prison. With this, there are already 31 sexual predators released after the Montero Law of Only yes is yes.
Among those released there are two other particularly significant cases, that of Daniel Padial, a known rapist of 19 women since he was 14 years old, known as the “rapist of Lleida” and of Leopoldo in Zamorawho swore to kill his wife when he got out of jail for having denounced him.
The figure is known precisely on the day that the Socialist Party has announced that it will reform the law “as soon as possible” to “close the doors to the unwanted effects” of it.
The PSOE proposal, which Podemos rejects, will be based on a draft from the Ministry of Justice that proposes returning to sentences of between 1 and 5 years when there is violence, intimidation or the will of the victim has been annulled and between 6 and 12 years in those same cases when the sexual assault is penetrative.
In cases where there are aggravating factors, it also requests a return to the previous sentences of between 5 and 10 years in the event that there is no penetration and between 12 and 15 when there is. The proposal is extensible to cases in which the victim is a minor. The text itself admits that it seeks to “sanction in the same terms that had been punished before” sexual assaults in which violence, intimidation or the will of the victim has been annulled.
It is a proposal identical to the one that the Popular Party already registered last December in the Congress of Deputies.
The will of the PSOE is “to be able to present a joint and agreed document and that once presented and registered it has the majority support of the rest of the political parties.”
The socialist spokesperson, Pilar Alegría, has nevertheless rejected that the Government must assume possible responsibilities by finally admitting that it must reform this rule and has limited herself to saying that “the important thing is the solutions.”
Podemos, for its part, rejects any change in the law and defends that the way to avoid “concern” and “social alarm” derived from the reduction of sentences for aggressors and rapists is found in the plan formulated by the Ministry of Equality , which entails, for example, that gender violence courts also specialize in cases of sexual violence, in addition to more training for judges.
Pablo Iglesias has attacked the judges, whom he has accused of “putting rapists on the street to harm the Ministry of Equality.”
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