Spain The number of sexual offenders benefited by the "only yes is yes" law now exceeds 400

The number of sexual offenders who have already benefited from the law of only yes is yes has already exceeded 400

Spain The number of sexual offenders benefited by the "only yes is yes" law now exceeds 400

The number of sexual offenders who have already benefited from the law of only yes is yes has already exceeded 400. All of them have seen their sentences reduced. In some cases they were already firm sentences and in others they were in the appeal phase before the higher courts or the Supreme Court. In more than 30 cases, the reductions have led to the immediate release of the beneficiaries.

The last known sentence revisions have arrived today from the Balearic Islands, where the list has been extended to another 11 cases. As specified by the High Court, in the Balearic Islands the criminal sections have so far studied a total of 94 matters subject to review: in 55 the sentence has not been reduced, but in 39 it has. Another 90 convictions remain pending review.

The refusals to review correspond to specific types of crimes in which the applicable sentences had not been lowered -they are the least- or to courts that follow the criteria of the Prosecutor's Office and maintain the sentences as long as they remain within the range now in force. But there have been reductions in final sentences in at least 36 provinces and in most of the 17 high courts, in addition to the Supreme Court. The latter made the government see that the massive review they had been denying was unstoppable.

The figure of 400 is even lower than the real one, since not all the superior courts are centralizing the data of their provinces. And if they do, on many occasions the information is transmitted days or weeks late.

The new milestone for beneficiaries comes coinciding with the ongoing negotiations between the ministries of Equality (Podemos) and Justice (PSOE) to once again raise the penalties lowered by the law promoted by the Minister of Equality, Irene Montero. Even if an agreement is reached and the sentences return to what they were, that will not prevent all the sentences already imposed and the matters in process from continuing to be reviewed. From the moment the “yes is yes” law came into force, the culprits or the suspects were guaranteed the right to that review.

The known cases are 122 more than just a week ago, when the number of convicts who had seen their sentences reduced reached 278. On Monday the figure rose to 338. On Wednesday it reached 374. When the law is about to four months - it entered into force on October 7 - the number of benefited sexual offenders stands at more than 400.

Apart from the cases known today from the Balearic Islands, six other sexual offenders have seen their prison sentences reduced in Álava. One of them has benefited from a five-year reduction, seeing his prison sentence for a crime of sexual assault go from 12 to 7 years.

A new sentence review in Lleida has also been announced this Friday, where the Provincial Court has reduced the prison sentence of a man convicted of a crime of sexual assault from 7 to 5 years and 4 months. The list also includes a new reduction in Navarra, where the Court has modified from 9 to 7 years the prison sentence imposed on a man who raped his ex-partner in June 2020 in Pamplona.

Among the latest cases reported are six reductions in Andalusia, five corresponding to Malaga -one of them has led to release- and another in Jaén, according to Europa Press. As of February 3, 70 sentence revisions have been confirmed: 70 in Andalusia, 53 in the Basque Country, 46 in the Valencian Community, 42 in Madrid, 39 in the Balearic Islands, 33 in Galicia, 21 in Castilla y León, 20 in Castilla-La Mancha , 16 in Asturias, 14 in the Canary Islands, 13 in Catalonia, 9 in the Supreme Court, 8 in Extremadura, 7 in Cantabria, 3 in Navarra, 2 in Murcia, 2 in La Rioja and 2 in Aragon.

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