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Parliamentary questions
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19 June 2018
E-003322-18
Question for written answer E-003322-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Ramon Tremosa i Balcells (ALDE)

 Subject:  Preventive detention, violation of Articles 6 and 47-49 of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights and Directive (EU) 2016/343
 Answer in writing 

Former FC Barcelona President Sandro Rosell has been in preventive detention in Madrid for over a year now, since 25 May 2017.(1)

The EU rules exist to ensure that the basic rights of suspects and accused persons are protected. Article 6 of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights protects the right to liberty and security. Articles 47-49 of the Charter protect the right to an effective remedy and to a fair trial, the presumption of innocence and right of defence, and the principles of legality and proportionality.

Since 1 April 2018, new rules strengthen the right to a fair trial and the presumption of innocence, to guarantee that anyone suspected or accused in criminal proceedings is considered innocent until proven guilty, in compliance with Directive (EU) 2016/343(2).

According to the latest EU justice scoreboard, perceptions of judicial independence in Spain are among the lowest in the EU(3). We also know that Judge Carmen Lamela’s management of various controversial court cases(4), like those against Abengoa and Bancaja, poses concerns regarding her impartiality.

1. Can the Commission explain how a year of preventive detention is compatible with and justified under Articles 6 and 47-49 of the EU Charter of Fundamental Right and Directive (EU) 2016/343?

2. Taking into account that since 1 April 2018 new rules apply to guarantee that anyone suspected or accused in criminal proceedings is innocent until proven guilty, in compliance with Directive (EU) 2016/343, will the Commission raise its concerns with the Spanish authorities, so that Sandro Rosell can be guaranteed a fair trial under Article 47 of the Charter?

(1)https://freedomforsandrorosell.com/
(2)https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/HTML/?uri=CELEX:32016L0343&from=EN
(3)https://ec.europa.eu/info/sites/info/files/justice_scoreboard_2018_en.pdf
(4)https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carmen_Lamela

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