Fernando Grande-Marlaska

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Fernando Grande-Marlaska
Fernando Grande-Marlaska 2018 (cropped).jpg
Minister of the Interior
Assumed office
6 June 2018
MonarchFelipe VI
Prime MinisterPedro Sánchez
Preceded byJuan Ignacio Zoido
Member of the General Council of the Judiciary
In office
4 December 2013 – 6 June 2018
PresidentCarlos Lesmes Serrano
Presiding judge of the Criminal Chamber of the Audiencia Nacional
In office
16 April 2013 – 6 June 2018
Preceded byJavier Gómez Bermúdez
Personal details
Born (1962-07-26) 26 July 1962 (age 56)
Bilbao, Spain
Spouse(s)Gorka Gómez (m. 2005)
Alma materUniversity of Deusto

Fernando Grande-Marlaska Gómez (born 26 July 1962) is a Spanish judge. He was appointed Minister of the Interior in June 2018 by Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez.

Biography[edit]

Early life and career[edit]

Born in Bilbao, he is the son of Avelino Grande, an officer of the Bilbao Municipal Police [1] He entered the judicial career in 1987 and served in the Court of First Instance and Inquiry in Santoña, Cantabria, from where he was the investigating magistrate in the case against Rafael Escobedo for the Assassination of the Marquesses of Urquijo. In 1990, he moved to Bilbao's Court of Inquiry No. 2, where he remained for nine years. At that time, he promoted the presiding judge of the Sixth Section of the Criminal Division of the Provincial Court of Biscay.

In 2003, he moved to Madrid as titular of the district's of the 36th Court of Inquiry. [2]

In 2004, he was appointed to the Audiencia Nacional as a substitute judge for Judge Baltasar Garzón in the Central Court of Inquiry No. 5, where he made his name at the national level, and was already known as an instructor in Bilbao, and from which he decided to leave for the capital under pressure from the threats of the terrorist group ETA.[citation needed]

Magistrate of the Audiencia Nacional[edit]

Until 30 June 2006, he was a member of the Central Examining Court number 5 of the Audiencia Nacional, temporarily replacing its head, Judge Baltasar Garzón. When Garzón returned to his post on 1 July 2006, Grande-Marlaska was assigned to the Criminal Division of the Audiencia Nacional[2]. He ran as an independent candidate for the General Council of the Judiciary (2006), but was not elected.[3][4]

In 2007, he took over from Teresa Palacios the Central Examining Court No. 3 of the Audiencia Nacional.[5]

At that time, he took up the most important case: the Yak-42 accident in Turkey, which killed 62 soldiers on their return from Afghanistan on 26 May 2003. However, four months after arriving at the courthouse, on 1 June 2007, he filed the case and attributed the responsibility to the Ukrainian crew, absolving the Ministry of Defense of the accident for hiring an unsafe plane. However, on 22 January 2008, the Fourth Section of the Criminal Division unanimously revoked the file, alleging that the judge had not exercised any diligence or defencelessness on the part of the victims. Once the case was reopened, he called as witnesses the military leadership of the time, and former ministers Federico Trillo and José Bono. Finally, on 20 May 2008, he charged five high-ranking military commanders, including the Chief of the Defence Staff, Antonio Moreno, the highest military officer at the time of the accident, with 62 counts of serious negligence.

On 30 August 2007, he ordered the opening of an oral trial for insulting the Crown to several graphic artists. In June 2007, it was decided to close the case against four directors of Air Madrid for alleged fraud committed during the crisis that affected the airline in December 2006 and, in September 2007, rejected the appeals filed by the General Association of Consumers and Users and the Organization of Consumers and Users (OCU) against the car's filing.

On 23 February 2012, he was appointed President of the Criminal Chamber of the Audiencia Nacional, replacing Javier Gómez Bermúdez.[6]

On 29 November 2013, he was appointed as a member of the General Council of the Judiciary, at the proposal of the People's Party, by the Senate.

Minister of the Interior[edit]

In 2018, the President of the Government of Spain, Pedro Sánchez, appointed Grande-Marlaska as Minister of the Interior.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Grande-Marlaska is openly gay and has been a long time activist against gay bullying. He is married since 2005 to his longtime partner, Gorka Gómez.[8][9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Juez Grande Marlaska: "¿Un 'lobby' gay? Desde luego no en justicia"". XLSemanal (in Spanish). 2016-09-07. Retrieved 2018-06-28.
  2. ^ a b "Fernando Grande Marlaska: el juez vasco que procesó a Otegi dirigirá la sala de lo penal". 20 Minutos. 23 February 2012.
  3. ^ Mundinteractivos. "Grande-Marlaska se presentará como independiente a vocal del CGPJ | elmundo.es". www.elmundo.es. Retrieved 11 June 2018.
  4. ^ "Grande-Marlaska asegura que mantiene su «ilusión» por formar parte del Consejo del Poder Judicial. La Verdad". www.laverdad.es. Retrieved 11 June 2018.
  5. ^ Jurídicas, Noticias. "El CGPJ nombra a Grande-Marlaska titular del Juzgado Central de Instrucción número 3 · Noticias Jurídicas". Noticias Jurídicas (in Spanish). Retrieved 11 June 2018.
  6. ^ "Marlaska sustituye a Bermúdez en la Audiencia" (in Spanish). 23 February 2012. Retrieved 7 June 2018.
  7. ^ Gobierno de Pedro Sánchez Grande-Marlaska, el juez que plantó cara a ETA, nuevo ministro de Interior in rtve.es (in Spanish)
  8. ^ Fonseca, Óscar López (7 June 2018). "El juez conservador que destapó el chivatazo a ETA" (in Spanish). El País. Retrieved 7 June 2018.
  9. ^ "El juez Grande-Marlaska habla en El País del matrimonio gay y de su marido" (in Spanish). 11 June 2006. Retrieved 7 June 2018.
Political offices
Preceded by
Juan Ignacio Zoido
Minister of the Interior
2018–present
Incumbent