Madrid (EFE) .- The Budget Council appointed Santa Cruz de Tenerife Chief Prosecutor María Farnés Martínez-Frigola as the new superior prosecutor of the Canary Islands on Thursday, replacing Luis del Río.

The Attorney General of the State, Álvaro García Ortiz, has decided to appoint his predecessor, Dolores Delgado, head of the section of the Attorney’s Office clothed in the Supreme Court, which means his promotion to the highest category of the career, appointment which was only ha approved five members of the Budget Council against six who voted against.

As reported to Efe by fiscal sources, the advisory body of the Attorney General split in two when it dealt with the appointment of the former Minister of Justice himself and a former Socialist deputy, although it is customary in the career of Advocate General to be promoted to the public. Chamber ministry when he ceases from office.

Of the 12 members of the Budget Council, an advisory body whose votes do not bind the Attorney General, five voted in favor: the three ex officio members, including Álvaro García Ortiz, and the two members of the Progressive Union of Prosecutors (UPF) .

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

On the contrary, almost unanimous support was obtained from Alejandro Luzón, who reconfirms the position of Chief Anti-Corruption Prosecutor for another five years, one of the key positions at stake in what was the second meeting of the Budget Council chaired by Álvaro García Ortiz since he was appointed last July.

Another was that of Lieutenant Attorney of the High National Court, a position that from now on will be exercised by Marta Durantez Gil, who until now has worked at the Technical Secretariat of the Attorney General, a body that the current Attorney General has directed for two and a half years.

Again, the Council split, as members of the majority association and that of APIF supported Miguel Ángel Carballo, a conservative prosecutor with a long career in the National Court and who held that office. the last five years.

The Budget Council also appointed María Farnés Martínez-Frigola and Santiago Herráiz senior 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 those of Granada and Huesca respectively.

In addition to these appointments, the Board approved a report in favor of the preliminary draft of the Organic Law amending the Criminal Code, on animal abuse. The text, according to information provided by the Prosecutor’s Office, strengthens the criminal protection of animals and provides more adequate tools to prosecute the abuse and abandonment of animals. EFE

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