Wednesday, January 20

The Government is considering claiming 30,000 documents from the Francisco Franco Foundation

Jose Antonio Montilla

Jose Antonio Montilla

The Secretary of State for Relations with the Courts, José Antonio Montilla, confirmed this Wednesday that The Government is studying the possibility of claiming the documents maintained by the Francisco Franco National Foundation on the dictatorship, but has warned that this request would be made within the framework of the Democratic Memory law.

This was announced by José Antonio Montilla during his appearance at the Constitutional Commission after a question from Compromís senator Carles Mulet. In this sense, the Secretary of State explained that the Ministries of Culture and Sports and the Presidency are in charge of studying this possibility.

In the case of obtaining these documents, as the Government is studying, would be integrated into the documentary center of historical memory, as stated in the Democratic Memory bill that the Executive has launched.

Montilla has specified that the Government has a digital copy of the documents that the Francisco Franco National Foundation has in its possession and that it has been made by the Ministry of Culture from the micro-signed documents, but that these texts are not digitized.

Yes, until 2011 the content was unknown of these documents and their origin and it has been from 2018 when, as he explained, the Executive has considered the possibility of claiming these texts.

The Compromís parliamentarian has encrypted more than 30,000 documents that were “seized during the dictatorship” and that, according to the complaint, “served in many cases to assassinate, repress“He also recalls that between 2002 and 2003 the Foundation received more than 15,000 euros of public money to digitize this documentation, which it still maintains.

Claim parliamentary control

The Secretary of State for Relations with the Courts has appeared this morning in the Senate to complete several responses to different written parliamentary initiatives of the House groups that had been pending and that have become oral in this Constitutional Commission.

In this way, Montilla has defended parliamentary control which, in his opinion, is being carried out by the Government of Pedro Sánchez and has compared it with previous executives such as the Administration of Mariano Rajoy.

However, parliamentary groups have complained that many of your questions were not answered In this sense, the most critical of the coalition government has been Senator Carles Mulet, who has repeatedly criticized that the questions were not properly answered.

Juan Carlos I and the state of alarm

The Constitutional Commission has served so that the Secretary of State could answer some of the questions that the groups had asked him during these first months of the legislature and in this sense they have talked about the state of alarm to collation of a battery of questions that the Popular Party has raised.

“Does the Government consider that during the state of alarm the principle of legal security enshrined in Article 9.3 of the Constitution is being respected?” Was one of the questions asked by the Group led by Javier Maroto and answered by Montilla defending the state of alarm as a legal framework in this health situation.

For their part, from ERC they have asked the Secretary of State if they knew of King Juan Carlos I’s plan to move his residence outside of Spain, to which Montilla replied that the conversations between the Head of State and the Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, are “confidential”.

Of course, he has specified that the emeritus king “has not escaped” as the ERC senator has said and that the acts of the monarch Juan Carlos I “do not require any endorsement since he does not develop any constitutional function after his abdication as head of state “.

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