October 7, 2022

María Farnés Martínez-Frigola, New Superior Prosecutor of the Canary Islands

Madrid (EFE).- The Fiscal Council this Thursday appointed Santa Cruz de Tenerife’s chief prosecutor, María Farnés Martínez-Frigola, as the new senior prosecutor of the Canary Islands, replacing Luis del Río.

The Attorney General of the State, Álvaro García Ortiz, has decided to appoint his predecessor, Dolores Delgado, to head the chamber of the Supreme Court, a prosecutor’s office, signifying his promotion to the highest category of career, an appointment who only supported five members of the Budget Council against six who voted against.

As reported to Efe by tax sources, the Attorney General’s advisory body has been split in two on the appointment of the also former Justice Minister and former Socialist deputy, despite the fact that it is common in the career of a Solicitor General to become public officials. prosecutor to be promoted to Chamber when he terminates his office.

Of the 12 members of the Fiscal Council, a consultative body whose votes are not binding on the Attorney General, five voted in favour: the three ex-officio members, including Álvaro García Ortiz, and the two members of the Progressive Union of Prosecutors ( UPF).

Six have opposed, all from the Association of Prosecutors (AF), the majority in the race, conservative in tone and the most weighty in the Council, who supported Luis Rueda for the position; while Professional and Independent Association of Prosecutors (APIF) member Salvador Viada abstained when his wife, anti-corruption prosecutor Teresa Gálvez, held the same position as Delgado.

By contrast, Alejandro Luzón has received almost unanimous support, confirming the position of Chief Prosecutor for Anti-Corruption for another five years, one of the key positions at stake at the second meeting of the Fiscal Council chaired by Álvaro García Ortiz since he took office last July. was appointed.

Another was Attorney General of the National High Court, a position that will henceforth be held by Marta Durantez Gil, who has hitherto served in the Technical Secretariat of the Attorney General’s Office, a body that represents the current Attorney General for two and a half years.

Also in this case, the Council is divided, as the members of the majority association and those of APIF have supported Miguel Ángel Carballo, a conservative prosecutor with a long career in the National Court and who has presided over that position. the last five years.

The Fiscal Council has also appointed María Farnés Martínez-Frigola and Santiago Herráiz as chief prosecutors for the Canary Islands and La Rioja respectively; to Juan Bautista Calvo-Rubio Chief Prosecutor of Malaga, while Pedro Javier Jiménez Lafuente and Juan Baratech will continue to lead Granada and Huesca respectively.

In addition to these appointments, the Council has approved a report favorable to the preliminary draft of the Organic Act amending the Criminal Code on Animal Abuse. According to the information from the prosecutor’s office, the text strengthens the criminal law protection of animals and provides more adequate tools to prosecute animal abuse and abandonment. EFE

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