9 February 2020

It is reported that the Constitutional Court had deliberately blocked amparo appeals submitted by the leaders of the 1 October referendum on pre-trial detention so they could not appeal before the European Court of Human Rights before trial


Jordi Sànchez, Jordi Turull, Joaquim Forn i Josep Rull had started a hunger strike to protest against the blocking, since this prevented them to resort to the European Court of Human Rights to challenge their pre-trial detention. With the trial just around the corner, the Constitutional Court had declared admissible all appeals submitted by the prisoners (over thirty), but had not issued a decision on any of them, although some of them had been submitted more than a year ago. It was a strategy from the court to prevent the cases from getting to the ECtHR before trial.

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