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GOVERNMENT REJECTS 49 CLEMENCY REQUESTS FOR CORRUPTION

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Pedro Hernández Mateo

Mariano Rajoy’s government says that it has rejected a total of 49 clemency petitions during 2013 for crimes of corruption by individuals against the Public Administration reiterating the need for sentences to be carried out if justice is to be achieved.

The answer was given in response to a question submitted by the national spokesperson for the Union, Progress and Democracy (UPyD), Rosa Díez, who wanted to know the reasons that led to a government to pardon on 3 September for Maria Dolores Sánchez Mateos who had previously been sentenced to three years in prison for the embezzlement of public goods.

Dna Dolores Sánchez Mateos, was a member of the PSOE leadership in Seville and a regional Socialist deputy in Andalusia.

Díez demanded to know the reasons for the act of clemency saying that in this case justice had not been served and that it was not in the public interest to grant such a pardon. She asked whether such pardons are "compatible" with Government talk of democratic regeneration in the fight against corruption.

The Government spokesperson said that in the case of clemency many factors are considered, most notably the absence of criminal and police records. He reiterated that clemency is not a waiver of the seriousness of the offenses, or their importance or any dilution of the social criticism that they deserve.

He also said that on the table during the next few weeks are a number of clemency requests for this type of crime, one from a former minister as well as that from the former mayor of Torrevieja , Pedro Hernández Mateo, and the former president of Sevilla FC, José María del Nido, which has been endorsed by many La Liga clubs.

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