Zaragoza City Councilor Ignacio Magaña Sierra, in the ranks of the PSOE until his expulsion, has been acquitted of the crimes of gender violence denounced by his ex-wife and for which he was arrested last November.
The titular magistrate of the Criminal Court number 8 of Zaragoza has signed a sentence in which she indicates that the presumption of innocence prevails before the conflicting versions of the two parties and hence the ruling is of exoneration. She maintains that she has not been accredited for the crimes of coercion and injury of which he was accused.
However, given the possibility that the ex-wife of the mayor and complainant files an appeal, the judge maintains the precautionary measure in force that prohibits him from approaching or communicating with her.
The complainant requested a sentence of three years in prison as the alleged perpetrator of two crimes of minor injuries, one of them in the presence of a minor, and another of coercion. For its part, the Prosecutor’s Office requested 22 months in prison.
As soon as his accusation was known, the PSOE expelled him and Magaña became an independent councilor. Now, after knowing the sentence, he has announced that he plans to request registration in the party, his reinstatement in the Socialist Group of the City Council and the restitution of his organic positions, according to Heraldo.es published this Thursday.
In addition to being a councilman, Magaña, a former deputy in Congress, was secretary of Institutional Policy of the Provincial Executive Commission of the PSOE in Zaragoza.
The spokeswoman for the PSOE in the Aragonese capital city hall, Lola Ranera, has indicated that she has learned of Magaña’s acquittal through the media. According to El Periódico de Aragón, she recalled that the PSOE “acted at the time by setting an example; we have ethical codes and we did so”. She has advanced that the PSOE will act with “serenity and tranquility as we have marked in our internal regulations.” She added that “the socialist municipal group will follow the guidelines of the party.”
During the trial, held on June 23 behind closed doors, Magaña defended his innocence and assured that he had never mistreated his wife and explained that his complaint was due solely to a separation process.
The complainant reiterated what she explained at the time to the National Police, which came to qualify the case as a high risk level in the Viogén system.
The most serious event and in which she felt “more fear” would have occurred last winter when she wanted to leave the family home. As reported in the complaint, “Ignacio reacted aggressively by pushing me against the bed, preventing me from moving by grabbing my neck. He went to the kitchen, took a knife, put it to my chest and told me that over his body he was to get out of there.”
After listening to her, the Family and Women’s Unit of the Police Headquarters of Aragon described the psychological violence suffered by the ex-wife as “slight” and the physical violence as “very serious”. In addition, “in the last six months an increase in the escalation of aggressions or threats was observed.”
All this entailed special protection for women and the arrest of Magaña, who did not set foot in the dungeons given her serious state of health due to heart disease, for which she required a surgical intervention.
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