Apology and Spanish Criminal Law at the Post-Sentencing Level: The Gap Between Legal Provisions and Victims and Offenders’ Experiences in Cases of Terrorism

17 Pages Posted: 5 Sep 2017

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Gema Varona

University of the Basque Country - Basque Institute of Criminology

Date Written: July 14, 2017

Abstract

English Abstract: This paper deals with the Spanish provisions in criminal law requesting apology by offenders in organized crime, including terrorism. In order to grant parole, apology is required, among other possible means provided by law, to accredit the abandonment of the ends and means of the terrorist activity. Those legal provisions will be contrasted with the experience and narratives of victims and offenders in cases of terrorism. Final conclusions will be derived in relation to the possibility of restorative apologies in these contexts.

Spanish Abstract: Este artículo aborda las provisiones españolas en materia de derecho penal que solicitan la petición de perdón de los delincuentes del crimen organizado, incluyendo el terrorismo. Entre otras medidas posibles que plantea la ley, para obtener la libertad condicional se requiere una disculpa, para acreditar el abandono de los fines y los medios de la actividad terrorista. Estas provisiones legales se contrastarán con la experiencia y las narraciones de víctimas y delincuentes en casos de terrorismo. Se ofrecen conclusiones finales en relación con la posibilidad de disculpas restaurativas en estos contextos.

Keywords: Apology, post-sentencing, Spain, terrorism, restorative justice, Disculpas, después de la sentencia, España, terrorismo, justicia restaurativa

Suggested Citation

Varona, Gema, Apology and Spanish Criminal Law at the Post-Sentencing Level: The Gap Between Legal Provisions and Victims and Offenders’ Experiences in Cases of Terrorism (July 14, 2017). Oñati Socio-Legal Series, Vol. 7, No. 3, 2017, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3002481

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