Even when the left is in government, the right normally commands that. Spain court revokes jailed Catalan separatists’ privileges. Jailed Catalan separatists to take seats in Spanish parliament. Overcoming these requires massive support in Catalonia itself; but the separatist leaders who orchestrated a head-on collision with the law never had anything like that. Spain court revokes jailed Catalan separatists’ privileges. Two Catalan separatists are jailed. The Spanish government has the power to issue pardons if they are requested and if the person convicted shows repentance for their crime. Joan Faus and Ingrid Melander. Protests have erupted in Barcelona after Spain's Supreme Court sentenced nine Catalan separatist leaders to between nine and 13 years in prison. The public prosecutor had accused all the nine jailed leaders of rebellion charges and sought the longest prison term, 25 years, for Oriol Junqueras, former deputy leader of the Catalan regional government at the time. It will never permit a separate Catalonia. Three others were convicted only of disobedience and not sent to prison. “We demand freedom for the political prisoners, the exiles, we demand an amnesty as the final stage for all those who have been persecuted,” Quim Torra said in a televised address. Share. Just as Boris Johnson cannot arbitrarily suspend the Westminster parliament, so Puigdemont could not hold a referendum. Jailed Catalan separatists to take seats in Spanish House. The jail sentences are for sedition, but their real problem is hubris. As protesters reacted to the sentences by blockading Barcelona’s airport, it was not clear whether calls to avoid violence would be respected. Paradoxically, an obvious solution is to hold a proper referendum. Two Catalan separatists are jailed. By EUobserver. “Let’s express ourselves without fear and move forward, nonviolently, towards freedom,” he said. It was also dishonest, since it was based on a referendum in which only one side campaigned. Since independence is possible in theory, but currently impossible in practice, some separatists may conclude that only violence will achieve their aims. © 2020 Associated Newspapers Limited. Oriol Junqueras, who received the longest sentence – 13 years – would have to wait about 15 months before applying. Reblog. It was the first time the jailed separatists had appeared in public since their conviction in … Those convicted can complain to Spain’s constitutional court and then put their case before the European court of human rights in Strasbourg. Another seven separatists are being investigated following their arrest in September on suspicion they were making explosives. | … Follow. In that sense, the police charges during the banned referendum of 1 October 2017 were a gift. Josep María Tamarit, a professor of criminal law at the Open University of Catalonia, said that in cases where a sentence of five years or more was handed out, a court could stipulate “that half the sentence has to be served before prisoners are eligible for semi-liberty”. Jun 2019, 08:53. How Whatsapp alternatives Signal and Telegram compare on privacy and data, The goodwill mask has dropped as the UK Government turns off the lockdown spending taps, Here's when the new lockdown measures in England could end, and how they'll be reviewed, Rules on meeting others outside and whether you can go for a walk with a friend in lockdown, What happened to Marie-Andrée Leclerc, accomplice to serial killer Charles Sobhraj. The trial, which garned international attention, relying on the testimonies of 500 witnesses as well as 50 televised court appearance, has drawn to a controversial close. Tweet . Thousands demand release of jailed Catalan separatists. He handed a 13-year jail term for sedition and misuse of public funds. Five jailed Catalan separatist leaders elected to the Spanish parliament last month were temporarily released from prison Tuesday and escorted by police to the assembly to be sworn in as lawmakers. Jailed Catalan separatists sworn in to Spanish parliament. And even the socialist left, which talks up the idea of a “pluri-national” Spain, has done little to make Spaniards in other parts of the country proud of the languages and cultures that coexist within it. Spain's Supreme Court jailed nine Catalan separatist leaders for between nine and 13 years for their involvement in a failed independence bid on October 1, 2017. Jailed Catalan separatists take seats in Spain’s parliament. Yet they are part of the problem. Spain's Supreme Court jailed nine Catalan separatist leaders for between nine and 13 years for their involvement in a failed independence bid on October 1, … euronews (in English) Follow. Nor can it unilaterally call a binding referendum on the subject. Twitter Share . Issued on: 21/05/2019 - 11:06. However, such a move would have profound political consequences. The anti-Catalan rhetoric that has accompanied their periods in power has only served to boost separatism. Six Catalan separatists serving long jail terms for a failed 2017 independence bid were let out on Tuesday to testify at a hearing in the regional parliament. Protests across Catalonia . Raul Romeva claimed that they had already been enduring pre-trial detention for months and that they are being used to make the political problems chronic. AFP. ‘Those now in jail will be hailed as martyrs to their cause and become an inspiration for future generations of separatists.’ Pro-independence protesters hold Catalan flags in Barcelona. Nine of the 12 Catalan politicians and civic leaders have been in pre-trial detention for close to two years. Separatists do best when, like the Brexiters who they sometimes resemble, they can claim to be victims of the status quo. A decision by the separatist Catalan president, Carles Puigdemont, to flee the country only served to underline that. 0. All defendants were acquitted of the gravest charge, rebellion, but leading separatists were quick to condemn the court’s decision and the jailed men sent out messages of defiance, urging people to take to the streets. Catalan independence is currently one of them. Puigdemont clearly has not. Jailed Catalan separatists to enter Spanish parliament. 0 comment. The sentence comes following the events of October 2017, where separatist leaders of northeastern Catalonia tried to break the region away from the rest of Spain and create a new European state by declaring independence. 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