No Fair Trial for Catalan Political Prisoners
In July 2018, Supreme Court judge Pablo Llarena concluded the investigation phase of the sedition and rebellion charges brought against civic and political leaders after the political events in Catalonia in September and October 2017. The investigation sets out the legal basis for the defendants to be prosecuted for rebellion, embezzlement and disobedience, crimes which can lead to severe sentences of up to 30 years in prison. The basis for this criminal case is the organisation and holding of a self-determination referendum, and the political declaration -without any practical effects- of the independence of Catalonia by the Catalan Parliament.
The investigating judge has constructed an inflamed and improbable narrative based on non-existent violence and, moreover, on unreliable information from the Civil Guard (Spanish armed police), full of errors and imprecisions but sufficient to be used to put the defendants into preventive custody and suspend their political rights. The only violence on record during these days was that of the brutal police charges against those who went peacefully to vote on October.
Bon dia, good morning everyone.
I am Isabel-Helena Martí, president of Sobirania i Justícia (Sovereignty & Justice – S&J). It is my great pleasure and honor to welcome you all.
Andrew Rosindell, thank you very much for accepting our invitation to come and talk. We are looking forward to hearing your thoughts on the issue we will be discussing today: “Catalonia and Europe after Brexit. Challanges and opportunities”.
Authorities in Madrid have taken their standoff with Barcelona to a whole new level, raiding government offices, arresting Catalan cabinet members, confiscating 10 million ballot papers, all to thwart a banned October 1st independence referendum. It’s hard to see at this point how the vote can happen. Has Madrid won the battle but lost the PR war? We’ll question the reasons for a second attempt. And if Catalans really want independence, why has the reaction been so much stronger this time?
Eduard SALSAS – International lawyer, Squire Patton Boggs
Jean Marc SANCHEZ – Lawyer, Paris Bar, Franco-Hispanic Commission
Isabel-Helena MARTI – Member of Catalan National Assembly
Carles BOIX – Politics professor, Princeton University
Fotografies: Xavier Portet
VilaWeb – Josep Casulleras
Carles Boix i les claus del reconeixement (intern)acional de Catalunya