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Urdangarin will not have to go to sleep in jail for the 11 months left until parole | Spain

Iñaki Urdangarin and the Infanta Cristina, in Vitoria, in July 2020.
Iñaki Urdangarin and the Infanta Cristina, in Vitoria, in July 2020.Óscar Ortiz / Europa Press

Iñaki Urdangarin, husband of the Infanta Cristina, will not have to go to sleep in prison again from this Thursday to continue serving his sentence of 5 years and 10 months in prison imposed by the Supreme Court by the case Nóos of corruption. Penitentiary Institutions has given the green light to the proposal of the Zaballa prison (Álava) to advance in the semi-freedom that it already enjoyed since December and apply article 86.4 of the Penitentiary Regulations. This will allow you to serve the rest of your sentence at home without the need to wear a telematic control bracelet and only subject to weekly face-to-face and telephone controls, according to has advanced The mail and has confirmed THE COUNTRY. Until now, he had to spend the night in prison from Monday to Thursday.

There are less than 11 months left for the King’s brother-in-law to request early parole from the judge, contemplated in article 90.2 of the Penal Code for those convicted who, among other requirements, are classified in the third degree, as is the case. Another condition is that he has served two-thirds of his sentence, a fact that will take place on May 1, 2022. Last August, the prison surveillance judge who granted him exit permits every weekend already anticipated in his car that on that date “at the latest” the release of Urdangarin would take place.

Infanta Cristina’s husband entered the Avila prison of Brieva on June 18, 2018. For 15 months he was held without any kind of exits, but as of September of the following year he began to enjoy penitentiary benefits (then the judge gave him authorized to go out two days a week for eight hours to collaborate with an NGO in the care of people with disabilities) that had been increasing until they ended, at the beginning of this year, in semi-freedom. The decision to apply article 86.4 of the penitentiary regulations and, therefore, to extend this semi-freedom, comes after the prison treatment board (an internal body made up of prison professionals) has positively assessed its evolution and that it is participating in the new program for the reintegration of economic criminals (known by the acronym Pideco). You should continue to attend this program, which began at the beginning of the year, until you have completed the 32 group sessions planned.

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It will, in fact, be one of the few moments in which from now on he will return to the Alava prison, which he entered on March 1, since these meetings, in which other inmates participate together with a psychologist, They are held once a week for three hours in the prison compound. You will also have to go to the jail once a week to do the control in person, although prison sources point out that you can make these appearances coincide with your attendance at the sessions of the reintegration program.

These same sources clarify that this face-to-face control, which seeks to verify the whereabouts of the convicted person and that he meets his obligations, can be replaced, on certain occasions, by a telephone contact with the prison. It will be the case when you are traveling with judicial authorization. Urdangarin already made a trip to Geneva (Switzerland), where the Infanta Cristina resides, at the beginning of the month, with the permission of the prison surveillance judge.

Urdangarin’s prison situation has taken a major turn in the last six months. At the end of December, Penitentiary Institutions applied article 100.2 of the Penitentiary Regulations, which allowed him to begin to enjoy a prison life regime similar to the third degree and to leave the Brieva prison (Ávila), where he was the only inmate in the prison. men’s module.

Then he went to a cell at the Center for Social Insertion (CIS) in Alcalá de Henares (Madrid), from which he left daily to go to work at the institution where he had collaborated for more than a year in caring for people with disabilities. . At the end of the day, the King’s brother-in-law had to return to the center to sleep. He also had to stay in the penitentiary compound on weekends, except for one a month when he was off leave.

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This situation, however, was short-lived. At the end of January, the head of the Penitentiary Surveillance Court number 1 of Castilla y León, Florencio de Marcos, considered an appeal and granted him the third degree, so since then he was in semi-freedom and only had to sleep from Monday to Monday. Thursday at the CIS. In addition, he went out every weekend, and not once a month as before, and saw the number of days of leave that he could request per year increase from 36 to 48.

Shortly after, Penitentiary Institutions agreed to transfer him to the Zaballa prison to finish serving his sentence there. Urdangarin justified his request that he had an offer to work as a consultant in a Vitoria law firm. In addition, he claimed that his mother and several of his brothers lived in the Basque capital.

Since the arrival of Fernando Grande-Marlaska to the Ministry of the Interior, Prisons has given a boost to reintegration that has resulted, in these three years, both in an increase in the number of inmates who access semi-release through the third degree penitentiary or the application of article 100.2 of the Penitentiary Regulations, as of those who serve their sentences in their homes under control, as is now the case of Urdangarin. Thus, in June 2018, there were 7,019 prisoners in the open regime in the prisons dependent on the Interior (17.7% of the nearly 40,000 prisoners already sentenced). Currently there are 7,560 (20.5% for a population of convicts that has been reduced to less than 37,000), according to the general secretary of Penitentiary Institutions, Ángel Luis Ortiz, in April in Congress. Of the latter, 5,189 enjoy the regime that Urdangarin will enjoy starting this Thursday.

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