The Government of Spain pardons the Catalan pro-independence activists sentenced by the 2017 referendum

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The Government of Spain has approved this Tuesday in the Council of Ministers the pardons for nine Catalan independence leaders who are serving sentences of between nine and 13 years in prison for their participation in the unilateral referendum of self-determination held on October 1, 2017 in Catalonia .

The partial pardons, justified by President Pedro Sánchez for reasons of public utility and for promote the reunion with Catalan society, they have been awarded to the following people:

  • Oriol Junqueras, former vice president of the Generalitat sentenced to 13 years in prison and another 13 of disqualification for crimes of sedition in media bankruptcy and embezzlement of public funds.
  • Raül Romeva, a former councilor of the Catalan Government sentenced to 12 years in prison and the same disqualification for sedition in media bankruptcy and embezzlement of public funds.
  • Jordi Turull, former counselor sentenced to 12 years in prison and disqualification for the same crimes.
  • Dolors Bassa, former counselor sentenced to 12 years in prison and disqualification for the same crimes.
  • Carmen Forcadell, former president of the Parliament of Catalonia sentenced to 11 years in prison.
  • Joaquím Forn, former counselor sentenced to 10 years and six months in prison.
  • Josep Rull, former counselor sentenced to 10 years and six months in prison.
  • Jordi Sanchez, former president of the Catalan National Assembly civil organization, sentenced to nine years in prison.
  • Jordi Cuixart, president of the Òmnium Cultural association, sentenced to nine years in prison.

The individualized pardons granted today forgive the rest of the custodial sentence that remained to be served, but not the disqualification from holding public office. In addition, it is about pardons conditionedIn other words, they would be annulled if those affected were to commit any of the crimes for which they were serving a sentence.

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After signing this morning, they will be published in the Official State Gazette (BOE) this Wednesday and as of Thursday the period for the presentation of resources, which are expected to be brought by the conservative formations of Parliament.

Conservative Party Resources

The magistrates of the Third Chamber of the Supreme Court must decide on the legitimacy of Vox and the Popular Party (PP) to appeal the decision of the Executive. In addition, their writings will foreseeably include the request for very precautionary measures, which if accepted would stop the release of those pardoned until the merits of the matter are resolved.

Likewise, the ultra-right formation Vox has announced that it will go beyond resources and that they will present complaints against each of the ministers signatories of this measure of grace within the Council of Ministers.

On the other hand, both trade unions and employers at the state and Catalan level, as well as the Episcopal Conference of Catalonia or the Council of Europe, have been in favor of the measure approved today as one more step to achieve normality in the region again. and to achieve an improvement in coexistence.

The pardons do not affect Carles Puigdemont

The grace measures approved by Sánchez’s Cabinet have no effect on the situation of Carles Puigdemont, former president of Catalonia at the time of the referendum, and of other former members of that regional Executive who are abroad to evade the actions of the Spanish justice.

It is for this reason that a part of the Catalan independence sector rejects the pardons, considering them a very precarious measure. A) Yes, they demand an amnesty to also cover politicians residing in other European countries and hundreds of people facing legal proceedings or fines for their participation in the 2017 illegal consultation.

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