Striking judges in Spain have paralysed the legal system for three hours in defence of colleagues .
They claim the government is interfering in the country’s legal system and that there is a lack of resources.
They are calling for the country’s justice minister to be sacked. He has called for stricter penalties against a judge and his secretary in Seville for failing to jail a paedophile who allegedly went on to kill a child
Defending her colleages in Seville , one judicial secretary said they were “respected profesionals and that the problem was with the system.”
The fatal error concerns the case of five year old Mari Luz. She was murdered and the man charged with her death was convicted of paedophilia back in 2002.
Itis said that there was a failure to follow up the 2002 trial ensuring that the paedophile remained in jail.
Spain’s minister of Justice is confident of who is to blame and claims the system does work and that such negligence must be punished sufficiently.
Last month the General Council of the Judiciary sanctioned the secretary who was barred from office for two years and fined the judge 1500 euroes.
Their supporters say they have been used as scapegoats for a out-moded and under-funded judiciary.