José Luis Sánchez Jáuregui, new chief prosecutor of Santa Cruz de Tenerife

José Luis Sánchez Jáuregui took office this Monday as Chief Prosecutor for the province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, replacing the current Chief Prosecutor of the Superior Court of Justice of the Canary Islands, María Farnés Martínez.

The new chief prosecutor of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, a native of Madrid, was until now a prosecutor for gender violence in the same province, and after being sworn in, he has recognized that this is a special day for many reasons.

José Luis Sánchez Jáuregui, who has been in the prosecutor’s office for 35 years, has commented that in January 1978, during a trip to Santa Cruz de Tenerife to celebrate that his father had recovered from a cancer operation, he said that he wanted to be a prosecutor in Canary Islands.

Proud to be a prosecutor, he has also said that the now Canary Islands Minister of Justice, Julio Pérez, gave him a lesson in humility when he was civil governor in the Canary Islands.

The chief prosecutor for the Canary Islands, María Farnés Martínez, praised his successor at the head of the Santa Cruz de Tenerife Prosecutor’s Office, highlighting his ability to work as a team, as well as his rigor and prudence.

In his speech, Jáuregui has called for “greater protection” for the elderly because “every day there are more” and they are “totally unprotected” before the administration of justice.

“They were the great forgotten ones in the pandemic”, he pointed out, stressing that “the clearest example” in domestic violence is “the great cover up” since many older people “suffer in silence”.

Among the objectives of his mandate, he has also pointed out that it is necessary to “increase as much as possible the attention to the citizen” and that they have more information, achieve “more protection” for the victim, “try to de-judicialize” the system through mediation and conformity and that justice “be quick”.

He has also admitted that “there is always a lack of prosecutors” because the ratio with other similar European regions is lower and at a time when “enormous work” is being done, since every day it is about “doing more and covering more”.

Romina Celeste Case

Sánchez Jáuregui has also opined that the release of the accused of killing his wife Romina Celeste in 2019 in Lanzarote, due to the fact that the maximum term of provisional detention has expired, is an “absolutely exceptional” case that occurs “every weather”.

The new chief prosecutor has urged to “avoid situations like this”, for which he has demanded that justice be “faster” and the response to criminal acts “immediate”.

Sánchez Jáuregui has insisted that “if justice is not prompt, it is not justice” and for this reason he has said that the judicial system must be “unblocked” so that cases can be resolved and judged, both by the victim and by third parties.

In his opinion, if “the only thing” that is obtained is “a piece of paper” where they give the reason but does not obtain “neither recognition nor immediate compensation, it is not justice.”


On the possibility that the Government of Castilla y León proposes to doctors that they offer pregnant women to listen to the sound of the fetus, receive specific psychological assistance and access a 4D ultrasound (at the proposal of Vox), he commented that “what is not there is a right” is to spend 14 years waiting for a ruling from the Constitutional Court (TC) on the abortion law.

In his opinion, if the TC “had clearly pronounced itself in favor of what was established at the time” it would not be talking about the Castilla y León proposal, for which reason it has demanded “clarity” about “what is the right to the interruption of the pregnancy and the limits that have or do not have that right”.

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