November 29, 2005 at 6:30 pm #51393
The following is a translation of an article appearing in ´´Sur´´ Malaga edition today headlined
Del Valle does not turn up to receive Law Society Medal
The deacon of the Malaga Law Society Mr Neilson Sanchez Stewart said yesterday that the Chilean Lawyer Fernando del Valle the alleged head of the moneylaundering ring known as ´´white whale´´ has the same rights as other colleagues to collect an award for his 25 years service . Del Valle did not actually turn up at the College to receive the award because according to his lawyer Javier Nuñez it coincided with the time his client is obliged to attend at the courts each day which is conducting the case which has lead to him spending 6 months on remand until he was able to be free on bail of 600.000 euros
The deacon assured journalists that this was not an ´´embarrassing situationment´´ for the law society given that according to him´´ the presumption of innocence must prevail and that Del Valle along with 40 other colleagues had the same rights and must comply with the same obligations . Mr Sanchez Stewart said that ´´ this award is not intended to judge the matter in question but rather to recognise the fact (Del Valle) has served (as a Lawyer) for 25 years rather like a wedding anniversary´´
To check the accuracy or veracity of this translation please see todays ´´Sur´´ Malaga addition
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November 29, 2005 at 6:37 pm #60051
Way to go the Malaga Colegio de Abogados! As if their reputation wasn’t bad enough. What were they thinking, for god’s sake?
Be interesting to see Independent’s and Drakan’s take on this. Furious, I’d hope.
November 29, 2005 at 8:39 pm #60054
Let the poor man keep the medal – it’ll give him something to polish when he’s put away 😆 😆
November 30, 2005 at 8:53 am #60057
I find that news absolutely UNBELIEVABLE!!…………………………………………………………………………………………………or do I ??? 🙄 😈
November 30, 2005 at 9:19 am #60061
It’s only a medal/certificate that goes to say you’ve been a member of Malaga’s Bar Council for the last 25/50 years.
Every November they award medals to ALL Bar members who have been so for the last 25 years and 50 years respectively.
It isn’t a medal for personal achievement or anything. It happens every year.
Journalists have manipulated the news as I’ve they were giving only to him such an award, when the truth is that dozens of other lawyers were also awarded the medal for there 25 or 50 years service or Bar membership. It’s like when in your firm they give you a certificate for having worked there 25 years, that’s all.
In that same act the new lawyers incorporated to the Bar Council are aswell formally admitted. It’s no big deal really.
November 30, 2005 at 9:35 am #60064
What a chance for the Malaga Bar Council to show some credibility.
They should PUBLICLY disown De Valle. By giving him long service award it is as though they condone his behaviour. Had it been in the UK, he would have been struck off immediately for having been jailed, alone. whether or not he is found guilty. It certainly does not give people like me much hope for a clean up act of the legal services in Spain.
November 30, 2005 at 9:50 am #60067katyBlocked
It seems to be that they are endorsing this lawyers way of doing business by awarding him the medal. It says it all 😯
November 30, 2005 at 11:31 am #60069
Bit like the UK Civil Service really – where such awards are presented to people who have dishonoured their positions by commiting fraudulent acts – even in the “intelligence” services.
November 30, 2005 at 11:33 am #60070
Aren’t fraudulent acts what the intelligence services are there for?
November 30, 2005 at 11:37 am #60072
By and large that does not affect the general public in the same way that a crooked lawyer who walks off with large sums of our money, does . The civil service is a law unto it’s self. Almost self gratification. My daughters father in law was awarded a CBE just prior to his retirement last year….for doing what he was paid to do !!
November 30, 2005 at 11:38 am #60073
Good point Bert – I guess that some work is like that!!
November 30, 2005 at 11:52 am #60074
The point that almost everyone posting to this thread so far has missed or refuses to acknowledge is the basic tenant of Spanish law (and UK law and USA law) in that the accused is INNOCENT until proven guilty.
To deny him his award or to “disown” him before he has been convicted would be the true injustice. I am not defending him – if he is guilty of the charges leveled against him he should suffer the full consequences of his actions. But let the process take it’s course.
November 30, 2005 at 12:00 pm #60075
Innocent until proven guilty? Then why has he already been banged up? Why do all the systems you mention include remand?
He may be innocent (not that anyone believes that for a moment), but that’s not the point. It shows an astonishing lack of tact on the part of the Colegio, and reinforces the impression that their number one priority is to look after their own. I don’t see there would have been anyone complaining if they’d withheld the award until his name was cleared.
November 30, 2005 at 12:54 pm #60076
Will they PUBLICLY withdraw the award when he is sent down? I wonder how all those affected by the “White Whale” case feel about his “Pat on the back, Well Done” award?
November 30, 2005 at 1:09 pm #60077
He’s probably already had a pat on the back from them, there but the grace of god go I they will be thinking.
December 1, 2005 at 10:49 am #60082
Speechless for once, and it shows why much of the Spanish system is so berrated for being corrupt!
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