Updated Tuesday, January 30, 2024-00:07

The Government of Spain intends to amnesty one of its parliamentary partners while two judges investigate him for extraordinarily harmful acts: collaborating with the alleged interference of

Putin's Russia

in Spanish sovereignty and promoting possible acts of


on European soil.

The evidence against

Carles Puigdemont

and his right-hand man,

Josep Lluís Alay

, compiled by Joaquín Aguirre

(Volhov case)

and by Manuel García-Castellón

(Tsunami case)

are serious enough to i

nvalidate from all points the amnesty of the former


escaped, which is what the bill that Congress will vote on this afternoon seeks. The extension orders that both magistrates issued yesterday confirm that, beyond a problem of political corruption - the granting of impunity in exchange for power -,

The amnesty attacks the heart of the principles of the European Union.

From the investigative court number 1 of Barcelona, ​​Judge Aguirre analyzes the Russian plot of the


, which involves, among others, the former head of international relations at Convergència,

Victor Terradellas

, and Alay, current head of Puigdemont's office and in 2017 responsible for his cabinet as president. Aguirre has found data that would confirm the "close relationships" between these individuals and members of the

Russian secret services

before and after the Unilateral Declaration of Independence (DUI). In the story of the events, two episodes stand out: in the week before the DUI, Puigdemont sent his number two in the Government,

Elsa Artadi

, to a meeting with Russian emissaries in a hotel in Barcelona, ​​and just one day before the declaration, himself


He held a meeting with Russian intermediaries at his official home, during which they offered him economic and military aid once the secession was completed.

For his part, from the National Court, García-Castellón extends the instruction regarding

Democratic Tsunami

, the platform that coordinated the riots against the Supreme Court ruling in 2019 that could be classified as terrorists. According to the judge, the platform was led by Puigdemont and had the "essential purpose" of

"subvert the constitutional order."

Regardless of how both investigations conclude, the

community institutions

They should not allow the executive and legislative powers of a Member State to impose the erasure of the crimes of a politician linked to a foreign power whose proven purpose is to destabilize Western democracies in general and the European Union in particular.

In a drift that makes it now indistinguishable from the anti-political rhetoric of Junts,

Yesterday the PSOE accused the judges of wanting to boycott the amnesty.

The obstacles to the amnesty are not the judges, but the criminal acts that the Government wants to expose today to remain in power.


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