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.

Read more on Catalan News.

The “two Jordis” and two ministers will remain in prison while other six ministers granted bail

Spanish supreme court judge Pablo Llarena delivered his decision to the 10 Catalan political prisoners’ legal teams this morning at 10am Spanish time. Six of the imprisoned Catalan ministers have been granted bail of €100,000 and should therefore be able to leave prison today.

Precautionary imprisonment has been retained for four of the prisoners: Jordi Cuixart and Jordi Sànchez, the two grassroots movement leaders in prison since 16 October, and two ministers from the deposed Catalan government, Oriol Junqueras (Vice President and Finance Minister) and Joaquim Forn (Interior Minister), who have been in prison since 2 November.

#DearCatalonia letters needed more than ever

We had hoped for granting of bail for all ten prisoners today. It must be heart-wrenching to have your hopes of going home to loved ones dashed by today’s decision. All the prisoners have emphasised the positive impact made by letters from outside, so it is more important than ever to send letters of support to the four political prisoners now facing a prolonged time in their cells. Continue reading The “two Jordis” and two ministers will remain in prison while other six ministers granted bail

Imprisonment to be reviewed for the 10 prisoners at the Supreme Court on Friday (1 Dec)

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.

Update

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.

Supreme Court vs National Court in Spain

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