Following the successful transfer of the cases against the 10 Catalan political prisoners to the jurisdiction of the Spanish Supreme Court, the defendants have been summoned to appear before the judge, Pablo Llarena (pictured), on Friday 1 December, so that the precautionary measures applied by the National Court can be reviewed. Many hope there is a good chance for release, given that the same judge granted bail in all the related cases against the Presiding Officer of the Catalan Parliament and four members of the Parliamentary Bureau.
We await Friday’s decision with fingers crossed for the prisoners and their families.
It is reported that after making their statements to the Supreme Court judge on the Friday morning (1 Dec 2017) each of the prisoners was taken back to prison. Judge Pablo Llarena will consider his decisions over the weekend, expected to be announced on Monday 4 December.
The Catalan National Assembly (ANC) have organised a stadium concert taking place on Saturday 2 December, in order to raise money for the Solidarity Fund (Caixa de la Solidaritat), used mainly to cover the huge legal fees incurred by the court proceedings and incarcerations. The families of the those imprisoned or in exile also have heavy travel costs to be met to see their loved ones. Continue reading Benefit concert for the prisoners: 2 December 2017
Yesterday the Supreme Court in Spain requested details of the prominent Catalonia-related cases currently being prosecuted in the National Court. Both courts are handling a variety of high profile cases relating to the same events in Catalonia: the referendum on 1 October 2017 and the declaration of independence on 27 October 2017.
Supreme Court judge, Pablo Llarena, is seeking to bring all the cases under his jurisdiction. Judge Carmen Lamela in the National Court was responsible for imposing the maximum precautionary measure, imprisonment without bail, on the 2 civic movement leaders and 8 Catalan ministers. Continue reading Supreme Court vs National Court in Spain
Liz Castro tweeted a translation of some very useful advice for anyone writing to prisoners in Madrid, i.e. that the sender’s name and address is required. Otherwise the letters will not reach the prisoners.
NOTE: If you want to send a letter to Catalonia’s political prisoners, you must add the sender’s name and address. Other wish, they won’t deliver it. https://t.co/pFul96yeKX
The Yes Movement has been a transformational experience for all of us whether we be long time activists or new to politics.
We have tremendous power and reach when we work together. That is why we are asking for your help to demonstrate our support for the Catalan independence activists now political prisoners in Spain.
We are asking you to join us in writing on a postcard or a letter to the prisoners. A postage stamp to Spain will cost you £1.17.
We cannot all take part in marches or attend big events and meetings but this is something we can all do together, to make a difference and to demonstrate our solidarity with the People of Catalonia. They stood by us in 2014 let us not forget them.