Zapatero and Rajoy pledge to punish negligent judge

12th September 2008, Comments 0 comments

Spain leaders promise they will bring the judge who failed to execute a jail sentence against convicted paedophile Santiago Del Valle to justice.

12 September 2008

MADRID -- Socialist Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero and conservative opposition leader Mariano Rajoy said Thursday that they will do everything in their power to ensure a negligent judge is brought to justice after a paedophile he failed to imprison killed an infant girl.

Both politicians indicated that they will put pressure on judges to reverse a decision Wednesday to impose a minimal fine of EUR 1,500 on Seville Judge Rafael Tirado, who failed to execute a jail sentence against convicted paedophile Santiago Del Valle for more than two years.

In January, Del Valle was arrested for the murder of five-year-old Mari Luz Cortés in the southern city of Huelva.

The decision to let Tirado off with a small fine was taken by the disciplinary committee of the General Council of the Judiciary (CGPJ).

However, it will be an entirely new council that hears prosecutors' appeals against the ruling after Zapatero's Socialist Party and Rajoy's Popular Party agreed to each others' candidates for Council membership this week. Among them are two former Congress representatives, an ex-secretary of state and a former regional department chief, making the new CGPJ one of the most politicised in history.

[El Pais / C E C / L R A / Expatica]

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