About fifteen witnesses have testified this Tuesday in the trial that is taking place in the TSJC against the former president of the Generalitat, Artur Mas and the councilors Irene Rigau and Joana Ortega for the participatory process of November 9, 2014.
The first witness to appear was the Inspector of Education, Josep Rafael AD, assigned to the Barcelona-Comarcas area, who has denounced that the Generalitat “pressured” institute directors to give up the voting centers, to which he recommended to the two schools under his jurisdiction not to hand over the keys without a written order.
The inspector has assured that the director of the Pompeu Fabra institute in Badalona (Barcelona), Josefa Bosch, was reluctant to hand over the keys to the center for the consultation since she did not receive any directive in writing. Faced with this situation, according to the witness, the director received “pressure”, with calls from those responsible for Teaching to give them the keys.
The director of the Badalona institute denies pressure
However, the director of the Badalona institute, Josefa Bosch, has denied having felt pressured or coerced to give up the building for consultation by the director of the Territorial Services of the Department of Education in Barcelona Comarques in a meeting with directors of that area to inform them that their centers were going to be headquarters from 9N.
Bosch has said that at that meeting on October 16, 2014 “not at all” he felt pressure or coercion to give up the center. According to Bosch, at the meeting they were told that the institutes were going to host the 9N, and they were asked if they wanted to collaborate or could they know if the teachers were willing to participate as volunteers, and then she asked them to indicate in writing how it would be done. should do.
Another inspector says they were urged to give up the centers
Another inspector from the Department of Education, Jesus Rul, has declared that the chief inspector urged them in a meeting on October 21, 2014 not to intervene at the request of the Directorate of Territorial Services of Barcelona Comarcas de la Conselleria de Enseñanza to the directors of institutes to transfer the centers for the participatory process.
Rul explained that he was “concerned” that the Territorial Services asked the directors to transfer the centers orally and not in writing.
For this reason, he wrote letters to the directors of his inspection area to advise them on how to act upon this request from the territorial director, recommending that they request written instructions and remembering that directors must comply with the law.
The head of the 9N participatory process website has also testified as a witness on, Joan Cañada, who has assured that they did not introduce more content on this page once the Constitutional Court suspended the consultation on November 4, 2014.
In his statement, he explained that he informed the then vice president of the Government, Joana Ortega – accused in the case – of the “impossibility” of making the web disappear, which can still be found on the Internet today.
“As far as I am aware, no other information was entered on the web after day 4. No content was entered for me,” according to Cañada, whom Ortega had commissioned to design and coordinate the consultation.
However, the prosecutor maintains that the website remained active after the suspension and that Ortega “at no time ordered to deactivate” the links to the page and not even remove the logos of the Generalitat, until the results of the the query.
The Prosecutor’s Office tries to show that the then president of the Generalitat, Artur Mas, and the then councilors Joana Ortega and Irene Rigau continued with the preparations for the consultation after the suspension and that they did not leave it in the hands of the volunteers, as the defendants did. they hold.
Homs and Trias, Wednesday
This Wednesday, February 8th, the former Minister of the Presidency Francesc Homs, the former presidents of the Parliament Núria de Gispert and Joan Rigol, and the former mayor of Barcelona Xavier Trias are summoned at the request of the defense.
Also present will be the director of the Institute for Self-Government Studies, Carles Viver i Pi-Sunyer; the mayor of Premià de Mar (Barcelona) and president of the Catalan Association of Municipalities (ACM), Miquel Buch, and the professors of Constitutional Law Enoch Alberti and Joan Vintró.
The next day, February 9The secretary of Administration and Public Function, Meritxell Masó, and the former ERC deputy in Parliament Gemma Calvet, among others, will pass through the court cited as witnesses.
The trial is expected to conclude on Feb. 10 with documentary evidence and reports.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.