Spain chooses new head prosecutor after squabbles

19th December 2014, Comments 0 comments

Spain's government chose Friday its first female head of the state prosecution service after the former chief resigned in the wake of squabbles with the country's conservative leaders.

The outgoing prosecutor general Eduardo Torres-Dulce resigned on Thursday citing "personal reasons," but sources close to him said he was fed up with pressure from the government of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.

On Friday the government chose seasoned prosecutor Consuelo Madrigal Martinez-Pereda to replace him, deputy prime minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria told a news conference.

Torres-Dulce had notably clashed with the government over legal proceedings on the sensitive issue of the independence drive in the Catalonia region.

"I have never tolerated the government telling me what to do and I never will tolerate it because that is quite simply illegal," he told parliament in a recent hearing.

Rajoy insisted on Thursday that Torres-Dulce's departure had nothing to do with government pressure.

The new chief prosecutor's appointment must be approved by top judicial authorities and by the parliament, which is controlled by Rajoy's ruling party.

© 2014 AFP

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