The association reproaches that the department directed by Irene Montero "lashes out at the judges" and speaks of "macho justice"
MADRID, 16 Nov. (EUROPA PRESS) -
The Association of Judges and Judges for Democracy (JJpD) has criticized the "very unfortunate and inappropriate statements" issued by the Ministry of Equality against the judiciary as a result of the sentence reviews that some judges have already made due to the entry into force of the 'law of only yes is yes'.
The association has expressed itself in this way through a statement, collected by Europa Press, after the head of the Ministry, Irene Montero, has accused the judges this Wednesday of applying "erroneously or defectively" the Law of Guarantee of sexual freedom.
"What is happening here is that there are judges who are not complying with the law. It has happened to us with the visitation regimes for abusers in the Children's Law and now it is also happening to us with the 'only yes is yes' Law," Montero said. . The Secretary of State for Equality, Ángela Rodríguez, has expressed herself along the same lines, insisting that the magistrates "are not complying" with the legislation.
From JJpD they have recalled that "the reform of the penalties with which some crimes are punished entails the need to review sentences due to the requirement of constitutional principles, as the General Council of the Judiciary itself already warned in the mandatory report that preceded the approval of that Organic Law".
The association has referred in this way to the report issued in February 2021 by the governing body of judges on the current Law on the Guarantee of Sexual Freedom, which at that time was a preliminary draft. In it, the CGPJ explained that the penological table contemplated for the crimes of sexual assaults supposed "a reduction of the maximum limit of some penalties."
"The fact that the Ministry of Equality has not been able to foresee this consequence does not justify attacking the judges/zas, labeling their decisions as 'macho justice' or considering that it is a defective application of the law, manifestations that, in addition unfortunate and unjust, they question the credibility of the system whose purpose is the protection of victims of sexual crimes and hinder the necessary trust that must be promoted in it," the judicial association reproached.