The Civil and Criminal Court of the Superior Court of Justice of the Valencian Community (TSJCV), has opposed the clemency application made by the former mayor of Torrevieja, Pedro Hernández Mateo, sentenced to three years in prison for forgery and breach of trust.
The courts have rejected both a partial and complete pardon for his crimes which he had been found guilty off through the entire legal and appeals process, remaining free after a petition was launched to keep him from serving his prison term.
The decision comes two months after the petition led application was handed to the courts, a petition signed and supported by many of his Partido Popular colleagues, including the current mayor of the city, Eduardo Dolón, despite the ruling of the judiciary.
A counter petition to ensure he served his prison term was also launched, obtaining considerably more signatures than the campaign for his freedom. Equally, the case split comment with many politicians largely supporting his clemency, largely from the PP, as opposed to others wanting justice to be served and even judges coming out opposing clemency for political applicants. The opposition psoe even filed for a change of the law, which would prevent criminally convicted politicians from remaining beyond the law.
However, the final decision still remains with the Ministry of Justice, where sources stated that they had not received notice of the reports by the TSJCV, but once filed the Government will consider the application and documentation, which can take between 6 months and a year more.
Hernández Mateo was sentenced to three years in prison for the crime of forgery and other malfeasance during the award of the contract for garbage collection in Torrevieja in 2004.
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