May 18, 2013
Gils Carbó: 'SC does not respect the Constitution when it comes to money'
In a new row with the Supreme Court, Prosecutor General Alejandra Gils Carbó today stressed that the Article 114 of the Constitution allows the funds of the Judiciary Power to be run by the Council of Magistrates and that the SC “does not respect” the Constitution “when it comes to money.”
“When it comes to money, it is not the first time that the Court does not respect the Constitution. If you read the article 114, you will see that the funds must be administrated by the Coucil of Magistrates,” Gils Carbó affirmed in an interview with a radio station.
In this way, the government-appointed official ratified her position that judges and court attorneys should pay income tax, questioning the Supreme Court. Yesterday, in an administrative resolution, the SC said that the Attorney General Office -headed by Gils Carbó-, and the Advocate General Office -led by Stella Maris Martínez-, have no impediments to pay income tax following a 1996 decree and mentioned the 2012 agreements that ratify the decision.
“The Judiciary Power is a branch of the state subordinated to the Constitution and the law; if we move apart from the law, we are acting with a discretion nature, something that the Judiciary power can’t do”, Gils Carbó insisted and added that the “organic law of the Public Ministry says that the salaries of judges, attorneys and advocates must be the same and, in its last paragraph, it explains that such equivalence is extended to the tax and social security system."