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Parliamentary questions
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13 June 2018
Question for written answer E-003214-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Izaskun Bilbao Barandica (ALDE) , Marina Albiol Guzmán (GUE/NGL) , Xabier Benito Ziluaga (GUE/NGL) , Ana Miranda (Verts/ALE)

 Subject:  Disproportionate sentences in the Alsasua case
 Answer in writing 

On 15 September 2017, Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans stated that he was following the so-called Alsasua case closely with a view to intervening if the sentences handed down were not consistent with the Treaties. The issue of the case has been raised by a broad group of Spanish MPs alarmed by the severity of the sentences sought by the prosecution and the decisions not to admit key defence evidence and not to have the case heard in the natural court. The young men accused have been sentenced to up to 13 years in prison, in stark contrast to much more lenient sentences handed down in similar cases. No specific accusations were made against each of the defendants separately, with the concept of joint enterprise being invoked to seek harsher penalties of questionable legality. Lastly, Spain’s National Court took the case away from the local court that should have heard it, on the pretext that it involved a crime of terrorism.

1. Does the Commission believe the sentences imposed on the defendants are consistent with Article 49(3) of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights?

2. Does the Commission intend to take action on this case?

3. What steps can be taken to correct this flagrant violation of the Treaties?

Original language of question: ES 
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