The Minister of Agriculture, Luis Planashas refused this Sunday to rule on the petition for pardon to the former president of the Socialist Junta of Andalusia, José Antonio Griñán. The minister alleges that being a member of the Government and eventually having to decide on the aforementioned request, he cannot pronounce himself. Just like the socialist did this Saturday Antonio Muñoz, Mayor of SevillePlanas has opted for silence rather than position himself on a pardon on which, yes, he has assured that “it will be processed.”
Questioned whether, if not ministerI would sign that petition for pardon that is being promoted and supported by prominent leaders such as Felipe González, Alfonso Guerra or José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, Planas explained that “being a member of the Government of Spain, in any pardon file, which without a doubt, if it reaches the Ministry of Justice, it will be processed in accordance with the corresponding regulations, I am called to decide as part of the Minister council».
Therefore, he has argued:I can’t manifest on the content of this initiative”, emphasizing that he is “person concerned as a member of the Government”. “This will be the object, at the time and case, of the Minister council», has riveted.
Thus, he joins another socialist leader, in this case the socialist senator and regional deputy John Swords, who this week also refused to sign the pardon petition. In this case, swords claimed that the PSOE Code of Ethics it is prohibited. “I owe myself to the Code of Ethics”he added.
The PSOE Code of Ethics it prevents the party’s public officials from supporting the pardon of those convicted of crimes of corruption. A Jose Antonio Grinan The court has imposed a sentence of six years in prison for prevarication and embezzlement of public funds in the plot of the ERE.
“The public offices of the PSOE undertake not to propose or support the pardon of public officials convicted of crimes related to corruption, gender violence, crimes of harassment or discrimination, against sexual freedom and indemnity, torture or against moral integrity, as well as the commission of acts constituting of serious crimes”, it states in article 8.1 of the Ethical code of the party that has ruled since 2014, collected by Europa Press.
However, the also former president of the Board and senator, Susana Díaz, publicly announced his signature on the pardon petition for his counterpart Jose Antonio Grinan, who drives his family. Díaz He maintained that “Pepe is an honest, honorable man, there are plenty of arguments to justify the pardon.”