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.
We read in Catalan News that Carles Mundó has written to Catalan radio station RAC1 to express his gratitude for the many letters he and the other prisoners have been receiving since they were incarcerated in various Madrid prisons. Describing how the days of the week are pretty much identical to each other, the jailed Minister of Justice wrote about the experience of receiving letters each day and his feelings as he opens each one. That experience is one of the most emotional moments of the day for him. Continue reading “An emotional moment each day” Jailed Justice Minister on the positive impact of receiving letters in prison
ANC Scotland (Assemblea Nacional Catalana – Scotland/Alba) has organised a public meeting today in Glasgow to demand the release of the Catalan political prisoners. The meeting takes place in Renfields St Stephens at 260 Bath Street, Glasgow, G2 4JP at 2.30pm today (Sun 26 Nov 2017) and its purpose is to raise awareness of the situation in Catalonia and organise solidarity to call for the release of political prisoners jailed by the Spanish State after the 1 October independence referendum. Continue reading Meeting in Glasgow demands the release of the Catalan political prisoners
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
There is an international academics’ petition at democracy.cat addressed to
- The United Nations, Mr. António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations
- The European Council, Mr. Donald Tusk, President of the European Council
- The European Commission, Mr. Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission
calling on them to
- Stop condoning Spain’s undemocratic behaviour
- Guarantee Catalans’ civil and political rights as European citizens
- Demand that Spain release the ten political prisoners currently in Spanish jails
- Guarantee that no person or party will be prohibited from participating in the elections in Catalonia
- Provide accredited international observers to ensure that the imposed December 21st elections in Catalonia are carried out fairly and honestly
Continue reading Academics petition for the release of the prisoners
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.
The original advice in Catalan comes from J. Alonso-Cuevillas, a former President of the European Bars Federation. He ends his tweet with “On behalf of all the prisoners, thanks for your warmth”. Continue reading Regulations on written communication to prisoners in Spain