October 25, 2013

Terrorists free

Tell us about a time you couldn’t quite get your words or images to express what you wanted to express. What do you think the barrier was? For bonus points, try again.

The Strasbourg Human Rights Court ruling that made possible set free a Spanish ETA terrorist convicted for 24 killings left me speechless. The barrier? Is too close to home.

I don’t have doubts the Judges had their reasons to rule in favour of the terrorist, most of them procedural reasons, but a penal system that can set free a terrorist serving a little more than a year for killing is not fair. That’s the case of Spain, where terrorists, after convicted to 3,000 years in prison automatically see their convictions reduced to a maximum of 30 years and then they can cut more time with benefits for good behaviour and work in jail, so they can be out in 18-20 years no matter how many people they killed. For a while the authorities retired this benefits for terrorists to make them serve their entire term in prison, and this is what the Strasbourg Court decided to change for the terrorists jailed before they retired the benefits for them. Now there are scores of jailed terrorists, not reformed, who are asking for their release and they are going to obtain it.

I’m for peace and for the respect of human rights, but I’m also for justice and I don’t understand why a person who killed 24 or 18 persons in cold blood and show no remorse for doing that can go out of jail at the same time or even before than other inmate that killed 1 person or wounded someone in a bank robbery. And this applies to terrorists and mass murderers.  I witnessed as young reporter a terrorist cell dismantlement in my city. They were responsible for 18 killings among other crimes. Sentenced to thousands of years in jail, it’s been long ago they are free. There is not sense of security with a system like this one.

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About Olga Brajnović

Journalist. In my fifties. I've worked for 26 years in a newspaper in Spain. I worked for two years as a stringer and correspondent in the US, and went as a special envoy to other places like the Balkans. Sea lover. Avid reader. Classic Music enthusiast.


Europe, Justice, World and Politics


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