The Círculo del Liceo is pleased to invite you to the Lunch-Colloquium "Violeta Friedman against León Degrelle: the lawsuit that changed the law" with Jorge Trias Sagnier, lawyer, politician and writer. The event was attended by Santiago Tarín, journalist from La Vanguardia and Patricia Weisz Friedman, Violeta Friedman's daughter.
The lunch is inspired by the homonymous book by Trias «Violeta Friedman against León Degrelle. A unique process against Holocaust denialism».
The book collects the history of a legal process that marked a before and after in our legislation: that of Violeta Friedman, victim of the Holocaust, against the Belgian Nazi general León Degrelle, an important Holocaust denier in Spain. Jorge Trias, the lawyer who took the case, recalls in the book the details of a judicial process that changed the legislation on xenophobia: from the rejection of the courts of first instance, the Territorial Court of Madrid and the Supreme Court, through the Law of the Right to Honor, until reaching the Constitutional Court. As a result of the sentence, the Congress that modified the Penal Code, introducing the crimes of xenophobia, anti-Semitism or against religious beliefs.
Jorge Trias Sagnier has a Law Degree from the University of Barcelona and a Diploma in Business Management Techniques from ESADE. He has been Secretary General of the Lliga de Catalunya, advisor to the Minister of Justice and treasurer of the Madrid Bar Association. Between 1996 and 2000 he was a Deputy in Congress for the Popular Party and later collaborated in the drafting of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of Citizens of the European Union. He has been an advisor to the daily ABC and a columnist for forty years. Since 2012 he has been writing for the newspaper El País. Among other publications, he has written Catalanism and constitution, The kitchen of justice, From uncertainty, Where love lives and The dance of corruption.