The Superior Court of Justice of Catalonia (TSJC) has postponed to November 18 the trial of the President of the Generalitat, Quim Roast, for not withdrawing the ties in the electoral campaign, for not being able to resolve in time the challenges that he raised against the magistrates who must try him.
In a resolution issued this Friday, the civil and criminal chamber of the TSJC agrees to suspend the trial, which was scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday of next week, and set it for November 18, once the next general elections have elapsed.
The reason for the suspension, according to the resolution, is that it has not been “procedurally possible” conclude the investigation of the recusal incident that Torra’s defense presented against the president of the TSJC, Jesús María Barrientos, and the high court magistrate Mercedes Armas, two of the judges who make up the court appointed to judge him.
The possibility that the TSJC had time to resolve the incident presented by Torra before the trial was remote, after the Catalan president requested a third challenge last Tuesday, that of magistrate Carlos Ramos, who must resolve the one raised against his fellow Barrientos. and Weapons.
In that new petition, Torra requested that Ramos be removed, alleging that he was “closely linked” to the PSC, because he was appointed magistrate at the proposal of the Parliament and at the request of this party, which, added the president of the Generalitat, “has greatly stood out for his interest” in the Catalan president resigning or calling elections.
Quim Torra had already asked the TSJC, without success, to suspend the trial scheduled for next week because it coincided with the general policy debate of the Parliament and suggested that he considered not going to the hearing, which is not essential for its celebration, given that when facing a sentence of less than two years in prison, he could be tried in absentia.
With the postponement now agreed, Torra will be judged after the general elections, initially scheduled for November 10, and in all likelihood once the Supreme Court has handed down the judgment of the ‘procés case’.
The Prosecutor’s Office requests a year and eight months of disqualification for the president of the Generalitat, Quim Torra, for a crime of disobedience for ignoring the order of the Electoral Board to remove the yellow ties from public buildings in the campaign for the general elections of 28A.
The TSJC gives Torra 48 hours to remove the banner about the prisoners from the Palau de la Generalitat
As has been known around two in the afternoon on Friday, the Superior Court of Justice of Catalonia (TSJC) has ordered Quim Torra to remove the banner calling for freedom from the facade of the Palau de la Generalitat within 48 hours. of “political prisoners and exiles” and containing a yellow ribbon.
After learning about this decision, Torra’s lawyer, Gonzalo Boye, regretted in a tweet, picked up by Europa Press, that “this is not about ties or neutrality of the public space, but about disqualifications and alteration of the political panorama.”
This is not about ties or neutrality of the public space but about disqualifications and alteration of the political landscape: pic.twitter.com/VYdqSHihgB
– Gonzalo Boye (@boye_g) September 20, 2019
However, Quim Torra currently maintains the banner in favor of “political prisoners and exiles”, and will appeal the order to withdraw it. Torra will not withdraw the banner for now because the slogan it contains is, according to a statement, a “very majority clamor of Catalan society, and a democratic commitment of the Government to the people who suffer repression for having defended democracy, the mandates electoral elections and fundamental rights “.