Dignity and Justice has submitted a document to the Electoral Board in which it denounces that one of the EH Bildu candidates who was convicted of terrorism has not yet served her disqualification sentence, so she should not run in the elections.

This is Sara Majarenas Ibarreta, who is running for councilor in the town of Astigarraga (Guipúzcoa). According to the victims’ association, Majarenas was sentenced by the National Court in September 2007 for belonging to ETA (eight years in prison), forgery of an official document (two years and seven months in prison) and illegal possession of weapons (another two years and seven months). After her arrest in Valencia in 2005, documentation on possible terrorist targets was seized.

The sentence of the Third Criminal Section closed with a sentence of “absolute disqualification for a period greater than 10 years to the duration of the sentences.” According to the association’s calculations, this prohibition to be a candidate will not be fulfilled until 2028. The letter to the Electoral Board incorporates information from the Abertzale Naiz media, reporting in April 2018 that the ETA member had been released from prison after fully serving 13 years of sentence.

In a letter presented this Wednesday, the association directed by Daniel Portero asks the San Sebastián Area Electoral Board to demand from the National Court the official calculation of the extinction of the disqualification and that once his ineligibility is proven, he annuls his candidacy. The request extends to examine in detail the possible disqualification of another 42 EH Bildu candidates who, according to the association, were also convicted of terrorism and could be disqualified.

The Dignity and Justice complaint comes after the National Court Prosecutor’s Office denied that any of the 43 accused continued to be disqualified. The Prosecutor’s Office directed by Jesús Alonso affirmed that “for a rigorous analysis of the complaint” they had collected “the criminal history sheets of the convicted persons to whom express reference is made in the complaint document.”

“From the examination of this documentation,” added the chief prosecutor, “there is no concurrence of any circumstance that allows us to glimpse that we are facing an assumption of ineligibility of those provided for in the General Electoral Regime Law.” According to Dignidad y Justicia’s calculations, this is not the case.


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