The Sevillian María Salmerón will have to enter prison within 15 days to serve a 9-month prison sentence for not allowing her husband -convicted of sexist violence- visits to her daughter, which has been officially communicated today at headquarters judicial.

In statements to journalists before appearing before the judge, Salmerón was confident that he would avoid jail, since yesterday he paid the amount of 3,000 euros in civil liability, obtained through the contribution of several people in a solidarity campaign.

However, “they haven’t told us anything about that”, he explained to journalists when leaving the courts, in addition to indicating that he had been officially informed that the Council of Ministers rejected the pardon on April 26 “for being a repeat offender and the refusal of the sentencing court”.

“The only thing they have told us is that they have given us 15 days for voluntary admission, which everyone thought, that they were going to give us the date,” he said, without being able to express himself when assessing how he feels about the prospect of going to jail.

His lawyer, José Estanislao López, has specified that several options are being considered to try to avoid going to prison, among others “request a pardon proving that payment has been made” of civil liability, with a letter requesting the non-execution of sentence until the pardon is resolved.

“We are doing what we can, all of us, it would be fair for him not to go to prison,” said Salmerón, while his lawyer commented that he is going to try “something that I think is the first time it has been done in Spain”, consisting of “Challenge before the Supreme Court the non-granting of the pardon, because the processing has had some issue that does not seem very convincing to us.”

He has said that it is not usual “which does not mean that a case is not known” that the Supreme ruled in favor of his client, although he considers that in the case of María Salmerón there are a series of circumstances to take into account, as if it responds “to conduct from 9 or 10 years ago, and in 5 years there has been no complaint, there are no procedures, only convictions for old issues.”

“He is a person with an integrated social life, with his work, perfectly socialized, and if the problem was paying the pardon, it is already paid for,” he concluded.

Salmerón, who had already been pardoned on several occasions, requested grace again after being sentenced in 2020 by a court in Seville to 9 months in prison for a continued crime of serious disobedience to authority with the aggravating circumstance of recidivism, and that decided that he remain free until this resolution.

The court required his presence after the Government ruled negatively on his request for pardon.

Now, in the event that the appeal does not prosper, she will have to enter prison within a maximum period of 15 days from tomorrow, Thursday, in a prison designated by herself, with the probability that she will choose the women’s prison in Alcalá de Guadaíra, the closest to his home in the Sevillian town of Dos Hermanas.

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