The victims of the 17A attacks in Catalonia They celebrate that justice has put them “in their rightful place” by recognizing the “mistreatment” they have suffered in recent years, although they are considering appealing the sentence to convict the terrorists as accomplices in the murders.
Antonio Garcia, A lawyer from the 11M Association, who has acted as the prosecution in the cause of the attacks, the president of the Unit for Attention and Assessment of Victims of Terrorism (UAVAT), Rosa Bosch, and Robert Manrique, promoter of this entity, have met this morning in Barcelona with part of the 74 victims whom they have represented in court.
After the meeting, which was also attended by Barcelona Councilor Marc Serra, The lawyer applauded that the 17A sentence “calls for order” for the first time, by denouncing that the victims have been the “great forgotten” in the 17A judicial process. and recognize them as such, despite the fact that there are no convictions for murder because the material authors of the massacre are dead.
García hopes that this sentence is not a “Toast to the sun and that it be noted both in the Prosecutor’s Office and in the courts”, after celebrating that for the first time a court had “put the victims in their rightful place and repaired the damage caused” by the “systematic mistreatment” they have suffered.
In that sense, It has been confident that the Prosecutor’s Office, and especially the State Attorney, will not appeal to the victims of the sentence, “both the considerations that are made and the list of compensation”, because this would be a “tremendous clumsiness.”
“We hope they rectify and do not continue to do even worse,” added the lawyer. It does not seem that this is going to be the case, judging by the statements of the chief prosecutor of the National Court, Jesús Alonso, who stressed that the sentence of the attacks will mark “a precedent” for the victims of terrorism because they are recognized as such despite not having been able to judge their authors for having died in the massacre.
Those who are “evaluating” the possibility of recourse are the victims, García has revealed, who has announced that “very soon” they will decide if they ask for the part of the sentence that rules out to convict as accomplices or necessary cooperators of the murders to be annulled. two of the survivors of the cell.
The sentence imposes penalties of between 8 and 53 years on the only three judged for the 17A attacks, for the crimes of belonging to a terrorist organization, possession, deposit as well as manufacture of explosive and flammable substances or devices of a terrorist nature, plus havoc on terrorist attempt in competition with 29 crimes of injury for gross recklessness.
According to the lawyer, now it is necessary to work to analyze the compensation set “victim to victim” and to raise the necessary claims, either in the execution of the sentence or through instances of the Ministry of the Interior: “This opens the possibility that no one remains outside”.
For her part, the president of the UAVAT has stressed that the ruling “has revealed serious administrative deficiencies” in the treatment received by the victims of terrorism and has shown hope that “everyone will read the sentence and learn.”
Likewise, Marc Serra has affirmed that the sentence causes him a “bittersweet sensation”, because the Barcelona City Council would have wanted “a trial for murder that the deficits in the instruction have prevented”. Nevertheless, He has applauded that the sentence marks a “turning point in the recognition of the victims” and opens “possibilities of reparation” for them.
According to Serra, the fact that the sentence recognizes more victims than those who had been admitted by the Ministry of the Interior “opens a great opportunity” and the possibility that administrations “learn” and know how to give “a much more efficient and effective response. adequate “.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.