The Xunta has not authorized Franco’s heirs to move the statues of Mestre Mateo that remain in the Pazo de Meirás, based on the precautionary measures determined by the Coruña court while the inventory of what was the dictator’s summer residence is being carried out.
Galician Government sources report this Friday of this request from the Franco family that cannot be addressed, because the removal of goods from the manor is not allowed, located in Sada (A Coruña), until the inventory carried out by Heritage technicians is completed and whose estimated duration is twenty days. “As long as this inventory is not finalized and the court does not expressly authorize it, the owners cannot remove or transfer any type of property from the farm,” the sources added.
The Court of First Instance No. 1 of A Coruña seeks with these precautionary measures “preserve the integrity” of the property Before next December 10, predictably, the sentence declaring that it is public and that the Franco family will proceed to deliver it voluntarily is provisionally executed.
Statues of Abraham and Isaac enjoy maximum protection thanks to the declaration of good of cultural interest (BIC) approved by the Xunta last year and this implies legal duties for the owners, among them, the obligation to previously communicate any possible transfer.
Specifically, the Xunta details, Law 5/2016 of May 4 on the Cultural Heritage of Galicia states that the transfer of movable property declared of cultural interest, as is the case of both statues, “must be authorized by the competent Ministry in matters of cultural heritage and noted in the Register of Assets of Cultural Interest “.
The Xunta understands that coordination, collaboration and unity of action it must continue to be the “road map” until the provisional handover of the pazo to the State and therefore collaborates in the entire judicial process “with the intention of advancing in the defense of the interests of the public patrimony.”
Said coordinated work includes the creation of a group of experts with the Santiago City Council, which has already begun working to analyze the process of recovery of the statues given the new existing documentation and, on the other hand, progress is being made in protecting the library of Emilia Pardo Bazán.
In this sense, the regional government urgently began the process to declare it BIC with the intention that the file be initiated in the next few days, and includes the more than 7,000 volumes that the Royal Galician Academy (RAG) and those around 3,000 found in Meirás. The declaration will suppose shield their protection and guarantee access by citizens as a single collection.
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