The Supreme Court judge Pablo Llarena has agreed to unconditional imprisonment for the candidate for the Presidency of the Government, Jordi Turull; the former Speaker of Parliament Carme Forcadell; and the councilors dismissed Raül Romeva, Josep Rull and Dolors Bassa, at the request of the Prosecutor’s Office and the popular accusation of Vox.
Llarena has made this decision at the end of a hearing of precautionary measures in the high court in which he has attended the request of the Prosecutor’s Office and the popular accusation exercised by Vox that they have previously requested unconditional imprisonment for all of them.
They will thus join the retired vice president Oriol Junqueras, the councilor ceased Joaquim Forn, to the former president of ANC, Jordi Sanchez, and the president of Òmnium, Jordi Cuixart, so all those processed by rebellion, sentenced to between 15 and 25 years in prison, will be in provisional prison except for the four “exiles” who are the president Carles Puigdemont, the ERC Secretary General, Marta Rovira, and the councilors dismissed Antoni Comín and Clara Ponsati.
Turull, Romeva and Rull will be transferred this afternoon to the prison of Estremera, where they have already spent a month and two days in preventive detention, while Forcadell and Bassa will be taken to the prison of Alcala Meco.
The judge appreciates in his car “a serious risk of flight” and “criminal repetition” in the defendants derived from the serious punishment they face for their possible criminal responsibility for rebellion, punishable by between 15 and 25 years in prison.
The judge appreciates in his car “a serious risk of flight” and “criminal repetition”
In his order, Llarena collects the allegations of the lawyers of the five incarcerated, noting that the fact of having appeared today shows that they are willing to do so and “that a resolution cannot be adopted based on the procedural behavior that other defendants may have adopted” in relation to the escapees, especially after Marta Rovira’s escape today.
“The allegation is reasonable,” says the judge, but adds that this danger of flight can be sustained by external elements that could appear with “the development of the case itself.”
And this point, the magistrate maintains that “the truth is that the accusation that hangs over the defendants suggests the temptation to flee in the face of an intense penalty.”
To this he adds that although they have appeared before the judge today, “the investigation has also reflected their clear insurrection to the decisions of the judicial authority, which they have consistently and systematically disregarded in recent years.”
The judge asks to arrest Rovira and the rest of the fugitives
On the other hand, the magistrate Pablo Llarena has issued an international arrest warrant and a European arrest warrant (OED) against the secretary general of ERC, Marta Rovira, after she has not attended the judicial summons this Friday and has reactivated the European and international arrest warrants for the rest of the fugitives, among which is the former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont.
The rest of those affected by this measure are the former councilors who fled with Puigdemont to Belgium: Antoni Comin, Clara Ponsati, Meritxel Serret and Lluís Puig.
In addition, the arrest warrants issued at the time against them in Spain are still in force.
The only investigated escape for which this search and capture order has not been adopted is Anna Gabriel, who remains in Switzerland, and the reason is that the former CUP deputy is only charged with a crime of disobedience, very far from the seriousness of the rebellion that is charged with the rest.
However, an arrest warrant continues to weigh against Gabriel in Spain for not having appeared when he was summoned by the judge.
Turull asks through his lawyer that the full investiture of this Saturday be maintained
After confirming his admission to prison, Turull has spread a tweet in which he states: “I have been imprisoned for having been loyal to the mandate of those who chose me as the representative of the people of Catalonia, the president, the Government and the Parliament.”
“I am fine because I am convinced of what I have done, that it is neither a crime nor have I hurt anyone,” Turull said, addressing his relatives.
In addition, Turull’s lawyer has asked on his behalf that the full inauguration scheduled for this Saturday be maintained and that the parliamentarians vote for him to be invested as president of the Generalitat for reasons of “dignity” given the “injustice” of his imprisonment .
Finally, tonight, the Parliament has confirmed that the plenary session is held for tomorrow at 11:30 a.m., although according to parliamentary sources cited by the EFE agency, it is “almost certain” that there will be no second vote, since in fact the candidate will not be able to be present to defend his investiture from the lectern of the hemicycle.
I wanted to tell you this again, with my head held high and able to look into everyone’s eyes pic.twitter.com/8oMRxfR5ZU
– Jordi Turull i Negre (@jorditurull) March 23rd, 2018
For its part, Roll He stressed that “whatever they do” with the sovereign leaders prosecuted “the cause of Catalonia survives strongly” and has asked, after learning that he will be imprisoned, that “the price of our commitment serves to multiply the commitment of all.”
“Whatever they do with us, the cause of Catalonia – the cause of freedom, democracy and dignity – survives strongly, because we believe in millions. May the price of our commitment serve to multiply the commitment of all “, has indicated on Twitter.
Whatever they do to us, the cause of Catalonia – the cause of freedom, democracy and dignity – survives strongly, because there are millions of us who believe in it. May the price of our commitment serve to multiply the commitment of all pic.twitter.com/crH2pIUbc0
– Josep Rull i Andreu ¿(@joseprull) March 23rd, 2018
The former Speaker of Parliament, Carme Forcadell, has stated that he is entering prison “with a clear conscience and a high head” and has remarked that “we are physically imprisoned in prison but they cannot lock up our ideas.”
Forcadell has also asked sovereignty to persevere: “If you cry, hug each other, love each other and, above all, then get up and continue more united and stronger. We will move forward.”
Calm conscience and very high head. Today we are physically imprisoned, but they cannot shut down our ideas. If you cry, hug, love, and most of all, get up and stay stronger and stronger. We will overcome.
– Carme Forcadell (@ForcadellCarme) March 23rd, 2018
The president, Carles Puigdemont, has deplored the imprisonment of sovereign politicians: “The undemocratic Spanish state is a shame for Europe.”
Puigdemont has assured that the incarcerations are ideological and has verified that they take place “the day that the UN demands that Spain respect the rights of Jordi Sànchez.”
The day the UN (@A) demands that Spain respect the rights of Jordi Sánchez (@jordialapreso) the judge sends to prison 5 of our comrades for their ideas and commitment. The anti-democratic Spanish state is a disgrace to Europe.# FreedomPoliticalPrisoners ¿
– Carles Puigdemont (@KRLS) March 23rd, 2018
ERC and the CUP call for mobilization
The CUP has expressed its “frontal rejection” for the imprisonment of sovereign leaders and has called for mobilization against what they consider to be “judicial repression.”
In a note, the CUP stressed that “they want to win in the courts what they lose in the elections” and has called for “mobilization and support for actions to denounce judicial repression,” since it believes that it should not be normalized. “this exceptional situation against democracy and the rights of all people.”
ERC He has also called for the peaceful mobilization of Catalan society against the “persecution” suffered by the independence movement and its elected representatives by a State that “violates” and “attacks” the rights and political freedoms of “all democrats “.
For his part, the Lehendakari, Iñigo Urkullu, has regretted that what happened today is “further from a political solution and even further from the necessary normalization of institutional relations and coexistence.”
He has warned that politics “based on dialogue and the will to agree”, as a “tool to solve problems from institutional representation and action respecting citizens, has disappeared.”
The general coordinator of EH Bildu, Arnaldo Otegi, believes that with the decisions that are being adopted in Catalonia, the State is conveying to the independentists the “message” that achieving “a Catalan, Galician, Canarian or Basque republic is not going to be possible through peaceful and democratic means.”
The leader of EH Bildu has asserted that article 155 of the Constitution “has come to stay” and that it is necessary to give in Euskadi “an answer as a people, not as a party or union, but as a country.”