King Felipe VI declared yesterday, in full trial of those responsible for the procès, that “it is not admissible to appeal to a supposed democracy above the law, because without respect for the laws there is neither coexistence nor democracy, but insecurity, arbitrariness and , in short, bankruptcy of the moral and civic principles of society”.
The monarch pronounced these words after receiving at the Royal Theater of Madrid the World Peace and Liberty Award, granted by the World Jurist Association for “his unwavering commitment to the rule of law”.
The award was given during the closing session of the XXVI Edition of the World Law Congress of the World Jurist Associations, held in Madrid under the theme Democracy, Constitution and Freedom, and in which more than 180 speakers from more than 70 nationalities of the five continents participated. This is the second time this congress is held in Madrid. The first took place in 1979 and was closed by Juan Carlos I, “as a manifestation of support for the nascent Spanish constitutional democracy”.
The monarch, accompanied by Queen Letizia, received the award from the president of the Association, Franklin Hoet-Linares, and by the President of the World Law Congress, Javier Cremades, who referred to Philip VI as the “first jurist King” from Spain. The president of Portugal, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, also spoke at the ceremony.
The ceremony of closing and delivery of the prize was attended by the Minister of Justice, Dolores Delgado; the president of the Supreme Court, Carlos Lesmes; the president of the Constitutional Court, Juan José González Rivas; the presidents of the Congress and the Senate, Ana Pastor and Pío García-Escudero; the ex-minister and former high representative of the EU Javier Solana; the president of the Community of Madrid, Ángel Garrido; the mayor of the capital, Manuela Carmena; the former president of the Government Felipe González; the exvicepresidenta of the Government and adviser of State Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría; and the leaders of Ciudadanos and Vox, Albert Rivera and Santiago Abascal.