23 Oct, 2014 @ 10:43
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Top judge labels Spain’s legal system as only fit for ‘chicken thieves’

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.


Rob Horgan

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  1. I was thinking that recently the EU has included drugs and prostitution in the GDP figures. The UK has now to pay £1.7 billion more as we are growing, while Countries such as France get a rebate of £790m because they are not doing well. The UK already pays £8bn. Spain is getting a rebate as well. My point is if they added the wider black economy to the GDP figures of places like Spain including fraud as in this case they would not be getting a rebate and the UK would not have to send an additional £1.7bn. You know we pay £5bn for tax credits and family allowance that gets sent abroad, £12bn in foreign aid and that is when in debt somewhere in the region of over £1.4 trillion. The Rochester & Strood by election is coming up, that will give you a good direction as to how the UK are thinking now. We will not be in the EU for too many more years. Why do you think bus passes, WFA and more are under pressure to go? We are spending more than we earn and we are giving away billions, this is going in one direction at the moment. The snowball is getting bigger.

  2. Reap, you are right – it’s called the inconvenient truth. The level of unrest in the UK over all the issues you have highlighted is growing by the minute. The Rochester & Strood by-election is more or less a foregone conclusion and the £1.7 billion will simply drive more and more people to vote UKIP in the future.

    These grievances that the UK has with the EU need to be addressed, it is not a level playing field between member states and people are fed up with it – how many other EU member states send benefits abroad? The consequences of not sorting it out and a UK exit is something that will affect all of us with connections in Spain.

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