Report says violent prisoners released too early
12 August 2005, MADRID – Spain is being taken to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg over accusations that it releases dangerous prisoners too early into society.
12 August 2005
MADRID – Spain is being taken to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg over accusations that it releases dangerous prisoners too early into society.
The National Association for the Victims of Violent Crime is arguing it is wrong for terrorists and other violent criminals to be released after serving just a "minimum" part of their sentences.
In particular, president José Miguel Ayllón cited the cases of ETA criminals who have been released from prison after serving just a fraction of the time they were given by judges.
Juan José Larrinaga, for instance, was condemned to 221 years but served just 20, while Juan Nazábal Auzmendi, Fidel González Garcia, Félix Bengoa and Carlos Maria Recio, each sentenced to 100 years, spent between 18 and 19 years in prison.
"This is not about changing the law, but seeing it respected," said Ayllon, stating that Spanish law allowed for criminals to be imprisoned for up to 40 years.
Ayllon warned that eight other ETA prisoners including the notorious Jose Ignacio de Juana Chaos, sentenced to more than 3,000 years in jail, could also win early release under the current system.
As well as the cases of terrorists, Ayllon also gave the example of the "scandalous" case of Miguel Ricart, who was sentenced to dozens of years in jail for the rape and murder of three girls in Alcasser. It looks like he could be freed "without serving a decent percentage of the sentence he was given."
The association has also asked the legal ombudsman to take action over the problem, as well as the High Commissioner for the Support of Victims of Terrorism, Gregorio Peces-Barba.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news