SPAIN’S top judge has labelled the country’s legal system as ‘inadequate’ adding that it is only fit for dealing with ‘chicken thieves’.
Supreme Court Chief Justice Carlos Lesmes urged the new justice minister to roll out radical reforms within the penal system to deal with complex corruption cases.
Lesmes warned that without a major overhaul of the court system, high level corruption cases will continue to slip through the net.
He said: “The current Criminal Trial law is designed for chicken thieves, not for major fraudsters or for the cases we are seeing now involving such high levels of corruption.”
Lesmes wants the Spanish system to become more like other European countries, where prosecutors are given a bigger role during the investigative stages.