The Prosecutor’s Office has requested one year and eight months of disqualification for the former president of the Catalan Parliament Roger Torrent – today a company councilor in the Government of Pere Aragonés – for an alleged crime of serious disobedience. Torrent processed in October 2019, when he presided over the Autonomous Chamber, various resolutions favorable to the right of self-determination and against the head of State, despite the fact that the Constitutional Court had ordered its paralysis in separate orders on the 10th and 16th of that month.
In the orders issued, the Constitutional Court agreed to require individually and personally all the members of the Board of the Catalan Parliament “their duty to prevent or paralyze any parliamentary initiative that would involve ignoring or avoiding the agreed suspension, warning them of possible responsibilities, including the criminal, in which they could incur in case of non-compliance ”. The letter from the Prosecutor’s Office emphasizes that, despite all this, Torrent, together with other members of the Table, accepted to process the motions presented, in which it was said that the Catalan Chamber “expresses the will to concretely exercise the right of self-determination and of respecting the will of the Catalan people ”.
In addition to the resolution on the right to self-determination, another of the motions manifested “the disapproval of Felipe VI for his position and his intervention in relation to the democratic conflict that generates the denial of civil and political rights in Catalonia by the State Spanish”. The opposition parties requested a reconsideration of the processing of these texts, which was rejected.
In December 2019, the Constitutional Court annulled both resolutions, as they were contrary to its previous mandates regarding the duty of the Parliament to paralyze and impede their processing. The court of guarantees sent to the State Attorney General’s Office notification or testimony of individuals about the alleged disobedience, which from the first moment was considered by the prosecutors as a request – although formally it was not – for the presentation of a complaint for the action of Torrent as president of the Parliament, and of the members of the Board who supported him in his decisions: Josep Costa (Junts per Catalunya), Eusebi Campdepadrós (Junts) and Adriana Delgado (ERC). After almost two years of investigation in permanent contact between the General Prosecutor’s Office and that of Catalonia, the brief of conclusions of the Public Ministry has been presented this Thursday before the Superior Court of Justice of Catalonia (TSJC).
The Prosecutor’s Office asks Torrent for a year and eight months of disqualification “for the exercise of elective public positions and government or administration functions, whether at the local, provincial, autonomous, state or supranational level.” The same penalty is requested for Costa and Campredós, and for all of them also a fine of 10 months, with a daily fee of 100 euros. For Adriana Delgado – who did not take part in all the investigated decisions – a disqualification penalty of one year and four months is requested, with the same effects as for the previous ones, and a fine of eight months, with a daily fee of 100 euros .
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.