The Basque Government spokesman, Josu Erkoreka, has assured that the attunement with the Executive of Pedro Sanchez for the approach of ETA prisoners to prisons close to Euskadi “is complete” and hopes that the movements will take place “as soon as possible” . In addition, he affirmed that there must be “correspondence” of the prisoners to the “change of course” of the Executive through individualized steps of reintegration.
In an interview given to Europa Press, Erkoreka has indicated that the decision of whether the approach of ETA inmates begins in summer, a possibility noted a few days ago the delegate of the Government in the Basque Country, Jesus Loza, corresponds to take it to the Government of the PSOE. “We are maintaining a fluid dialogue and a frankly constructive exchange of information with the central government on this matter,” he said.
After noting that a specific work area has already been created in this area between the two administrations, which works “with discretion”, he assured that there is “a complete harmony, today”, with the Executive of Sánchez, to address “a policy penitentiary more open, flexible and in accordance with the requirements of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) “. “We do hope that those decisions are taken as soon as possible and, if it is going to be in summer, perfect,” he said.
The Basque Government spokesman recalled that the socialist cabinet “is saying with absolute clarity” that there will be a rapprochement and a modification of the penitentiary policy, and stressed that the PSOE “has been defending this approach, at least from the era in which Zapatero ruled. “
“At that time they began to rehearse well-planned penitentiary strategies, appropriate to the times, intelligent, which helped to stimulate and encourage the division and the end of ETA, and at the same time, to make possible a social distension that was in the base of a normalized coexistence in Euskadi, but that everything was truncated with the arrival of the PP to the Government “, it has added.
In this regard, he pointed out that what the PSOE now does, “in a certain way, is to take up an approach that is not new, that is not outlined ex novo at this time”.
Josu Erkoreka has underlined “the remarkable change” that supposed, in this matter, the arrival of Mariano Rajoy to the Government to replace José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, and considers that, when the Socialists return, “a reopening of the penitentiary policy is being confirmed. ” “We lend our support to that approach,” he said.
“BATTLE PENITENTIARY POLICY”
As noted, the popular “have always been staunch defenders of the prison policy of battle, confrontation, war, the era in which prison policy was another instrument of anti-terrorist policy and had as its main objective to neutralize strategies and decisions of the terrorist organization itself. “
“But, at a time when the terrorist organization has formally disappeared from our lives because it has already been dissolved, it does not make sense to maintain a prison policy that is precisely to neutralize the effects and the action that within the prisons could do a terrorist organization that has already disappeared, “he said.
In his opinion, the central government can take steps in this area, despite the opposition of the PP and Citizens, because “depends, in part, a decision of the Executive and, in part, what the judges can say about it of Penitentiary Surveillance “. “The political opposition in the Parliament can be more or less firm or forceful, but the decision is not parliamentary, it belongs to the Government,” he insisted.
In any case, he affirmed that he is struck by the fact that the new president of the Popular Party, Pablo Casado, “who has internally won the secretary general and the presidency of the party selling himself as the candidate of the family and of life, in this case, go to oppose something that the ECHR is precisely associating with the right to family life “, as, in his opinion, is the approach.
Asked if he observes differences in this matter between Casado and Rajoy, he said that he finds it “a bit difficult to appreciate nuances within the PP because the truth is that, beyond that there may be different sensitivities within that political formation in relation to the penitentiary policy, the certain thing is that its attitude during all the time that has had responsibilities of Government has always been radically opposed to different strategies and approaches more intelligent and humanistic “.
Josu Erkoreka recalled that the Basque Government has constantly called on the central government “a rethinking of penitentiary policy”, but also the people deprived of their liberty a change of attitude, “with the full assumption of the possibilities offered by the legislation to benefit from penitentiary benefits, with the burden that implies, with the obligations that this implies “, since it is an” individualized “option.
Therefore, he stressed that “this is not something that is exhausted with the change of direction that the Government is going to print to the penitentiary policy”, but it must have “a clear correspondence also by the prisoners who have to accommodate themselves to the penitentiary legislation “.
“They know what the normative framework is, they know what is required of them, they know that they have to take individualized personal steps because the processes of social reintegration can not be done in a group or in groups, the process of social reinsertion is particular and individual,” pointed.
In this sense, he pointed out that “Basque society is hoping that they can do it so that, from a constructive approach, both contribute to distract the environment and facilitate the normalization of social life in Euskadi.”