The Judge Suspended His Sentence For Reaching The Age Of 70 And Indicated That He Had Reintegrated Into Society.

2021-02-12   |   by CusiGO

Jos é Luis de Castro, the prison supervision judge of the National High Court, issued an order on Thursday, granting a suspended sentence to Bankia Rodrigo Rato, a former vice president and former president of the government, who has been sentenced to four and a half years in prison for the black card scandal since October 25, 2018. The decision came two weeks after prison authorities proposed his release because the politician is over 70 years old (he will be 72 in March) and shows “good prospects for recovery”.

In the order presented by vozpopuli and approved by the state, the judge referred to section 196 (1) of the prison Ordinance, which provides for parole for prisoners who are 70 years old or plan to reach that age during conviction. He also stressed that this is the first time that he has been imprisoned in lato, that the criminal act he was convicted of is long-term (more than eight years), that he has assumed the civil liability stipulated by the law, and that since October, he has been serving his sentence at home, enjoying a semi free remote control system.

In addition, the judge noted that he was “actively” involved in a rehabilitation programme and held restorative justice meetings with indirect victims of economic crime. According to sources close to the former vice president of the government, last Christmas he took part in a campaign to provide toys to the children of other prisoners. As a result, the judge granted him parole even though he did not reach three-quarters of one of the conditions of parole under Article 90 (2).

Before the judgment of April 21, 2023 was declared invalid, the judge temporarily “abided by various rules of conduct”. Therefore, a politician must be “under the care and supervision of his family members or friends who have designated and accepted his guardianship”, otherwise, he must undertake this commitment “on the basis of self guarantee”, that is, on his own. It must also identify a location and residence “and inform the court of any changes”.

Finally, prison social services must monitor their situation and inform them whether they are “arrested, implicated, charged, charged or convicted” during parole. Another case of rato is under trial, in which he is charged with crimes related to his property. Although the decision of the prison supervision judge can still be appealed, the fact that the office of the prosecutor reported in favour of parole indicates that it will not appeal.

In February 2017, the former president of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) was convicted in a national hearing for embezzling Madrid black Casa cards, one of the most serious scandals of the financial crisis in the past decade. Between 2003 and 2012, he and 64 other directors and advisers of the agency spent $12.5 million on opaque IRS credit cards, which were provided to the fund when it was about to go bankrupt and Bankia was now nationalized, at a cost of 22.424 billion euros. The Supreme Court upheld the verdict, and rato entered sotoderreal prison on October 25, 2018. Just before he stepped over the prison wall, his last public remark was: “I mean, I accept my obligations to society and accept any mistakes I may make. I apologize to the community and those who may be disappointed or affected. ”

From prison, rato took part in the trial of another major lawsuit against him: the listing of his Bankia shares. The prosecution accused him of fraud and accounting fraud and sentenced him to eight and a half years in prison. In September last year, the national high court acquitted him and 33 other defendants, which led the prison supervision judge to grant him a third level or open system a few days later. Other convicted people have already enjoyed the opaque card that must enter the prison. The prison rejected the benefit precisely because the verdict for Bankia’s IPO is still pending.