The authorized proceedings towards the primary separatist politicians have been cut up between two courts as a result of Ms. Forcadell and a number of the different Catalan lawmakers proceed to profit from parliamentary immunity, which signifies that they have to be introduced earlier than the Supreme Courtroom fairly than the Nationwide Courtroom.
Final week, nevertheless, a decide from the Nationwide Courtroom ordered prison without bail for eight former members of the Catalan authorities. The decide solely granted bail to at least one different politician, as a result of he had resigned from the Catalan cupboard a day earlier than the area’s declaration of independence.
The jailing of Catalan politicians has develop into one of many major marketing campaign points earlier than new regional elections scheduled for Dec. 21 by Spain’s prime minister, Mariano Rajoy. Mr. Rajoy’s authorities took administrative management of Catalonia, utilizing emergency constitutional powers, shortly after the separatist lawmakers voted for independence. Mr. Rajoy ousted the whole regional authorities of Catalonia and in addition dissolved its Parliament.
As courtroom proceedings proceed in Madrid, the previous chief of Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont, stays in Brussels with 4 members of his cupboard, awaiting a choice from a Belgian decide who’s reviewing a world arrest warrant issued by the Spanish authorities.
To justify his refusal to seem in courtroom in Madrid, Mr. Puigdemont is claiming that Spain’s judiciary can’t guarantee a fair trial. In a Twitter message posted late Thursday, Mr. Puigdemont additionally lamented the truth that Ms. Forcadell was spending the night time in jail “for permitting the democratic debate.”
In his ruling, the decide additionally ordered Ms. Forcadell to stay in Spain, after posting bail. Spain’s public prosecutor needs Ms. Forcadell to be sentenced for revolt, together with the leaders of the previous Catalan authorities. She performed “a serious half” within the totally different levels of Catalonia’s push towards secession, Decide Llarena wrote on Thursday, initially as chief of one of many largest residents’ associations after which because the speaker of the Parliament.
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