Junqueras appeal is rejected unanimously

As was expected, Oriol Junqueras has been unsuccessful in appealing the precautionary imprisonment measure imposed on him, initially by the Spanish National Court and subsequently by the Spanish Supreme Court. In their 27-page ruling, the three magistrates were unanimous in their decision and cited a risk of “re-offending” as the foundation for keeping the elected politician in jail before trial. Continue reading Junqueras appeal is rejected unanimously

Junqueras appeal for release: magistrates will announce decision tomorrow at the earliest

An appeal against Oriol Junqueras’s precautionary imprisonment was heard in the Spanish Supreme Court today, with the panel of three magistrates retiring at the close of arguments to consider their decision, which won’t be announced till tomorrow (Fri 5 Jan 2018) at the earliest.

An argument for Junqueras’s release was presented by his lawyer, Andreu van den Eynde, followed by the prosecution team making a case for the continued imprisonment of the elected member of parliament. Junqueras himself was able to say a few words at the end.

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Prisoners and exiles dominate the Catalan political landscape after 21-D election

The final 21-D election results

Here are the final numbers from Catalonia’s unique 21-D election, contested with many of the candidates either in prison, on bail or in exile, once all votes were counted. Note that the last of the 18 seats in Tarragona was oscillating between Ciutadans and PP as the final votes were coming in and it ended up being secured by PP, bringing their final tally of seats to 4. Note also that the record-breaking turnout figure didn’t break through 80% as first predicted, but is measured at 79.04%.

  Overall Barcelona Girona Lleida Tarragona
Party Seats Votes Votes % Seats Votes Votes % Seats Votes Votes % Seats Votes Votes % Seats Votes Votes %
Cs 36 1,109,732 25.3% 24 868,365 26.3% 4 79,634 19.4% 3 40,908 16.9% 5 120,825 27.2%
PSC 17 606,659 13.8% 13 497,650 15.1% 1 35,197 8.6% 1 21,795 9.0% 2 52,017 11.7%
PP 4 185,670 4.2% 3 142,934 4.3% 0 11,646 2.8% 0 10,902 4.5% 1 20,188 4.5%
CeC 8 326,360 7.4% 7 276,810 8.4% 0 16,482 4.0% 0 9,415 3.9% 1 23,653 5.3%
JxC 34 948,233 21.6% 17 624,261 18.9% 7 149,638 36.5% 6 78,303 32.3% 4 96,031 21.6%
ERC 32 935,861 21.3% 18 678,030 20.6% 4 88,582 21.6% 5 64,417 26.6% 5 104,832 23.6%
CUP 4 195,246 4.4% 3 143,711 4.4% 1 21,708 5.3% 0 12,140 5.0% 0 17,687 4.0%
Total 135 4,393,099 100.0% 85 3,297,008 100.0% 17 409,966 100.0% 15 242,057 100.0% 18 444,068 100.0%
Electorate   5,557,901     4,156,306     521,313     313,928     566,354  
Turnout%   79.04%     79.33%     78.64%     77.11%     78.41%  

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