Statement by Oriol Junqueras before the Supreme Court


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Both the Prosecutor’s Office and the popular prosecution have insisted that Oriol Junqueras must continue in preventive detention. The Chamber of the Supreme Court will make a decision in the next few days.


The former vice president of the Generalitat of Catalonia and leader of ERC, Oriol Junqueras, has declared this Thursday before the magistrates of the Supreme Court that they must review their preventive detention that it is a “Peaceful man” with religious convictions and seeking the “bilateral dialogue” in the existing political conflict in Catalonia.

“I want to beg you to release me. The values ​​of civility and peace I will try to be predominant wherever I have influence,” he said and specified that he does not defend violent channels and that, therefore, there are no reasons to maintain the prison measure. Provisional that weighs on him since last November 2 for the crimes of rebellion, sedition and embezzlement of public funds.

The ERC leader took advantage of his intervention of just a few minutes at the end of the hearing to emphasize that he has never made any insulting or offensive statement and has asked to be released to be able to exercise the post of deputy after his election in the Catalan elections of December 21, as reported by sources present at the session.

The Prosecutor’s Office – like the popular accusation exercised by Vox – has opposed his request, considering him the “promoter” of the sovereign process that ended with the celebration of the 1-O referendum and the unilateral declaration of independence on October 27.

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He has also warned him that a hypothetical appointment in a future government cannot affect his situation of provisional prison because “Justice is not a bargaining chip.”

The Criminal Chamber of the Supreme Court, made up of magistrates Miguel Colmenero, Francisco Monterde and Alberto Jorge, has begun to deliberate after the end of the hearing and shortly before 2:30 p.m. they have interrupted it, postponing it until tomorrow, so that today they will not decide whether to comply with Junqueras’ request or maintain the prison measure that the judge of the National Court Carmen Lamela dictated against him, when the case then had not yet become the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court.

Freedom or rapprochement with Catalonia

In statements to the media, his lawyer Andreu Van Den Eynde has explained that during the hearing they have focused on the “real object” of the appeal, which is the request for freedom of his client and that his presentation has revolved around three key points: that there is “no risk” of criminal repetition, that the facts do not constitute a crime of rebellion and that number ‘two’ of Carles Puigdemont in the deposed government did not participate in any violent action.

The defense of the independence leader has asked the court not to focus on the substantive debate because that is not the matter of the appeal and has proposed that the transfer from Madrid’s Estremera prison to another one closer to Catalonia in case your freedom is not agreed.

The competence to authorize the movement of this preventive prisoner corresponds to the investigating magistrate of the case, Pablo Llarena, so the defense of Junqueras would have to go and do so to the judge to request his approach to Catalonia.

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“We are going to ask for it as many times as necessary,” said the lawyer, also referring to future outings to participate in the constitutive session of the Catalan Parliament next January 17 or in the investiture debate of the new president at the beginning of February.

The lawyer has also referred to the fact that poor telephone conditions in prison make communication with his client difficult.

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