‘In Catalonia there was no rebellion, because there has been no violence’. This statement was made by Carmen Tomás Valiente, Criminal Law professor and daughter of former president of the Constitutional Court killed by ETA, Francisco Tomás Valiente, in an interview for El Diario de Mallorca.
Tomás considers that ‘a political problem has become a criminal law problem, which should not be solved by the courts’, and from her point of view, ‘you can only speak of disobedience’. She also regrets that in its last decisions, the highest judicial courts of Spain, Audiencia Nacional and the Supreme Court ‘are going through a very dangerous path (…). We must be extremely careful when we punish crimes of opinion, with the sole exception of the direct invitation to favor a climate of violence’
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