Spanish Court Rules First Lockdown Unconstitutional

Spain’s Constitutional Court has ruled on Wednesday that the government’s first lockdown as measures against the coronavirus, was unconstitutional. 

The court said that Spain’s imposed nationwide quarantine based on the ‘state of emergency,’ was erroneous and that it should have been a ‘state of exception,’ which is a level above the state of emergency and requires parliamentary approval.

The case which was brought by far-right political party Vox argued that the lockdown had infringed upon the citizens’ right to freedom of movement. 

The decision also means that imposition of fines for breach of the now unconstitutional restrictions, may be cancelled.

Meanwhile, justice minister Pilar Llop has acknowledged the decision of the six out of 11 judges, but said that, “The confinement measures had saved several hundred thousands of lives,” Reuters reported. 

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