The Prosecutor’s Office has asked the Supreme Court judge, Pablo Llarena, this Friday, to the councilors dismissed and the leaders of Ómnium Cultural and ANC, Jordi Cuixart and Jordi Sánchez, continue in prison as the risk of escape and criminal repetition persists.
In the appearances, the ten defendants have accepted the application of article 155 and have promised to carry out their political activity within the Constitution.
However, it will not be until Monday when Judge Llarena decides on the freedom of the dismissed councilors, Jordi Sánchez and Jordi Cuixart.
The prosecutors Consuelo Madrigal and Jaime Moreno have opposed the modification of the precautionary measure adopted for all of them “given the seriousness of the facts” investigated.
The Public Ministry has pronounced like this at the end of the interrogations that have lasted for little more than three and a half hours and that are produced at the request of the accused in order to change the situation of provisional prison decreed by the judge of the National Court Carmen Lick it.
However, the ten defendants have returned to the prisons of Estremera, Soto del Real and Alcalá Meco from where they have been transferred early in the morning since the magistrate Pablo Llarena It will not rule on whether or not to modify the jail until Monday, the same day that the electoral campaign for the Catalan elections on December 21 begins.
The first to declare were Oriol Junqueras and the dismissed minister Raúl Romeva. The ERC leader has appeared during about 20 minutes. Romeva, Carles Mundó and Dolors Bassa have done it for approximately 10 minutes. They all know have refused to answer the questions of the Prosecutor’s Office, who has asked to keep them in prison.
Then it was the turn of Joaquin Forn and Meritxell You will erase, who have answered the questions of the prosecutor and the private prosecution. The latter has declared during more than one hour.
After Borrás, Josep Rull declared and then, at 12:20 pm, Judge Llarena ordered a 15-minute recess, after which it was Jordi Turull’s turn. The last to declare have been the presidents of Òmnium Cultural and the Catalan National Assembly (ANC), Jordi Cuixart and Jordi Sánchez, respectively.
In the appearances, which have elapsed quickly, the defendants have stated that accept the application by article 155 of the Constitution that motivated their dismissal and that they undertake to develop their political activity within the constitutional channels.
The Supreme Court magistrate Pablo Llarena has finished after 1:30 p.m. to take statements from those ten people who remain in prison.
The judge has summoned them all, at the initiative of the accused, in order to hear their arguments for review your personal situation; that is, to decide whether to change their pretrial detention situation.
President Carles Puigdemont has asked the dismissed councilors and sovereign leaders who are in prison to do “whatever it takes to get out” from jail.
In a message on Twitter, Puigdemont said that they should leave prison “because you should never have entered. We have a lot of work and we need you to stand up to the tripartite of 155. I hope we meet again soon.”
Jordis, imprisoned counselors, we want you home. You have to get out of jail because you should never have gotten in. Do whatever it takes to get out of it. We have a lot of work to do and we need you to face the 155 tripartite. I look forward to seeing you soon!
– Carles Puigdemont (@KRLS) December 1, 2017
Everything prepared for the possible deposit
The lawyers of the consellers and the ‘Jordis’ have “everything prepared to make the bail effective” that the Supreme Court judge Pablo Llarena could impose on them to release them, as confirmed by ERC deputy Esther Capella and the vice president of Omnium Cultural , Marcel Mauri.
Both have gathered today, along with several dozen relatives and pro-independence public officials, at the door of the Supreme Court with the hope – they have said – that Judge Llanera “will do justice” and release those investigated on bail.
The former minister and lawyer Francesc Homs (who has served as coordinator of the defenses), upon his arrival at the Supreme Court. Photo: EFE
They have been entering the headquarters of the Court in three different vans and in a staggered manner.
After 08:30 hours The former councilors Meritxell Borrás and Dolors Bassa have arrived from the Alcalá Meco prison.
A little later but before 09:00 hours, Sànchez and Cuixart have arrived from the Soto prison to enter, like them, the dungeons of the Audiencia.
Finally already after 09:00 hours, the van from the Estremera prison in which Junqueras and the rest of the dismissed councilors were traveling made its appearance.
All of them, along with President Carles Puigdemont and four other dismissed councilors (all five are in Brussels), are charged with possible crimes of rebellion, sedition and embezzlement in relation to the process towards the unilateral declaration of independence in Catalonia.
But also, are candidates for the regional elections of December 21 They will begin at dawn from Monday to Tuesday — except for Cuixart and Borrás — and they have asked the magistrate to be released on the basis that they have assumed the application of Article 155 of the Constitution and that the declaration of independence was symbolic.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.