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

European arrest warrants withdrawn, but Spanish Supreme Court presses on with sedition and rebellion cases against TWENTY people

In the wake of the release of six imprisoned ministers and the decision to continue to provisionally detain the four remaining Catalan political prisoners, many were surprised by Supreme Court judge Pablo Llarena’s decision to withdraw the European Arrest Warrants for Carles Puigdemont and the other 4 Catalan ministers in exile in Belgium. We can speculate that the Belgian and Spanish justice systems hold quite different standards in due legal process and the judge had concerns that any extradition judgments which went against Spain in Belgium may influence the cases against the large group charged together with sedition (and rebellion and misuse of public funds in most cases).

However arrest warrants still remain in place for the 5 exiles in Belgium, should they return to Spain. The Spanish Supreme Court is now handling all these cases which include the following TWENTY people:

  • 5 ministers in Belgium: Carles Puigdemont, Meritxell Serret, Antoni Comín, Lluís Puig and Clara Ponsatí
  • 6 ministers recently released from Madrid prisons: Dolors Bassa, Meritxell Borràs, Raül Romeva, Carles Mundó, Josep Rull and Jordi Turull
  • 2 ministers still in prison: Oriol Junqueras and Joaquim Forn
  • 2 leading grassroots activists still in prison: Jordi Sànchez and Jordi Cuixart
  • 5 members of the Catalan parliamentary bureau: Carme Forcadell, Lluís Corominas, Lluís Guinó, Anna Simó and Ramona Barrufet

We urge you to send Christmas cards or letters to the four people provisionally detained (see addresses below). Cards and letters should be posted to Spain by Friday 15 December 2017 to ensure they reach the prisoners before Christmas. Remember to include your name and address on the envelope.

Jordi Cuixart i Navarro


President of Òmnium Cultural
Jailed without bail: 16 Oct 2017
Charges: sedition

Jordi Cuixart i Navarro
Módulo 1
Centro Penitenciario Madrid V
Ctra. M-609, km 3,5
28791 Soto del Real
Madrid, Spain

Jordi Sànchez Picanyol


former President of the Catalan National Assembly
Jailed without bail: 16 Oct 2017
Charges: sedition
Candidate #2 for Junts Per Catalunya in Barcelona

Jordi Sànchez Picanyol
Módulo 8
Centro Penitenciario Madrid V
Ctra. M-609, km 3,5
28791 Soto del Real
Madrid, Spain

Oriol Junqueras i Vies


Vice President of the Catalan Government and Minister of Finance
Jailed without bail: 2 Nov 2017
Charges: rebellion, sedition and misuse of public funds
Candidate #1 for ERC in Barcelona

Oriol Junqueras i Vies
Módulo 7
Centro Penitenciario Madrid VII
Ctra. M-241, km 5.750
28595 Estremera
Madrid, Spain

Joaquim Forn Chiariello


Minister of the Interior
Jailed without bail: 2 Nov 2017
Charges: rebellion, sedition and misuse of public funds
Candidate #7 for Junts Per Catalunya in Barcelona

Joaquim Forn Chiariello
Módulo 1
Centro Penitenciario Madrid VII
Ctra. M-241, km 5.750
28595 Estremera
Madrid, Spain

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