The lawyers of Congress have endorsed, for the first time, that Parliament can establish a commission of inquiry into the alleged use of opaque credit cards by the King Emeritus after his abdication. The Chamber’s lawyers have admitted to processing the petition registered by Unidos Podemos, ERC, Grupo Plural, EH Bildu and Grupo Mixto, after having rejected at least four previous similar petitions. However, the decision is now political, and the initiative will decline except for surprise tomorrow at the meeting of the Table, since the PSOE plans to vote against, according to socialist sources assured EL PAÍS.
The letter of the lawyers has surprised the proposing groups themselves because it deviates from the previous criterion and also because it does not motivate the admission for processing. The text, to which EL PAÍS has had access, only specifies the admission to the “request for the creation of an Investigation Commission on the use of opaque credit cards by the King Emeritus, after his abdication, out of funds coming from abroad ”. It does so with the following explanation: “Proposal: Admit for processing and transfer to the Board of Spokespersons for eventual inclusion on the agenda of a next plenary session, without prejudice to the provisions of Article 52 of the Chamber’s Regulations, so that, in relation to the provisions of the section on the organization of the work of this initiative, it is the Investigation Commissions that draw up their own work plan and can decide on the holding of appearances without it being possible to predetermine how they must be remembered. Likewise, communicate this agreement to the parliamentary groups that are the authors of the initiative ”.
Although the letter refers to the Board of Spokespersons, the proposal will not reach that body, explain parliamentary sources, because tomorrow, Wednesday, the Table will most likely decide to overthrow it, with the votes against the PSOE.
The lawyers do not argue why this time they do admit the constitution of an investigation commission on the Emeritus King, although parliamentary sources have explained to EL PAÍS that the formulation of the initiative was somewhat different from the previous ones, because on this occasion the document presented by United We Can and the other four groups emphasize that they want to investigate events after 2014, the date of the abdication of Juan Carlos I, so that “they would not be covered by any type of inviolability or irresponsibility, and could be subject to both judicial investigation as policy ”.
In the previous proposals of United We Can to open commissions of investigation on the Emeritus King, the lawyers had rejected his admission, considering that “the prerogatives of inviolability and not subject to responsibility, enshrined in article 56.3 of the Constitution, are absolute, include the entire period in which the Head of State is exercised and they have permanent legal effects ”.
The parliamentary spokesman for United We Can, Pablo Echenique, congratulated the lawyers’ decision on his social networks. “For the first time, the lawyers of Congress recommend admitting our Investigation Commission on the King Emeritus. As a result of meticulous work, we have managed to overcome the legal problems. There is no excuse anymore. From now on, the decision is purely political, “he wrote on Twitter.
The Bureau of Congress prevented on December 15 from admitting two investigation commissions related to the emeritus king that had been requested by various groups in the Chamber, with the votes of PSOE, PP and Vox.