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No Spanish judge would 'dare' protect a German acting against 'constitutional order', says MEP

In a letter to the European Parliament, Esteban González Pons warns "something is not working” if a local German judge can overrule Spain’s Supreme Court

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09 April 2018 05:35 PM

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ACN | Barcelona

“We believe in all States' right to protect themselves,” declared a Spanish MEP who defended Spain’s handling of the Catalan conflict on Monday, in a letter addressed to the European Parliament.

Esteban González Pons, an MEP for Spain’s ruling People's Party (PP) warned that "you can be sure that any Judge in Spain, either regional, national or from the Supreme Court, would [not] dare to give a legal shelter to a German political party, movement or individual who were trying to break the German constitutional order."

  • “If this warrant doesn't work, Schengen leave us defenseless against those criminals and their crimes. This is probably one of the greatest dangers for the Union"


    Esteban González Pons · PP MEP

In his letter, González Pons refers to the decision by a court in northern Germany to release deposed Catalan president Carles Puigdemont on bail while it considers his extradition to Spain to face charges of misuse of public funds, while rejecting the charges of rebellion.

"Something is not working in our Union," he writes, when "a regional court can overrule in only two days the criterion of a national Supreme Court, elaborated during six months of detailed and exhaustive investigation and based on legally demonstrable evidences."

González Pons, who is the vice president of the European People's Party (EPP) in the chamber stresses in his letter that "Spain belongs to Europe" and that “this Union is possible only if we can rely on each other and if we support each other when one of us is being attacked."

The MEP also defended the European Arrest Warrant system used to extradite Puigdemont: “If this warrant doesn't work, Schengen leave us defenseless against those criminals and their crimes. This is probably one of the greatest dangers for the Union," he added.

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  • Spanish MEP Esteban González Pons (by Blanca Blay)

  • Spanish MEP Esteban González Pons (by Blanca Blay)