14 October 2021

Seven independentists who demonstrated during Puigdemont’s failed investiture face a sentence of between two and four years in prison


Seven pro-independence activists are sent to trial for demonstrating in front of the Parliament of Catalonia on 30 January, 2018, when Carles Puigdemont was to be sworn in as president. The Prosecutor’s Office asks for between two and four years in prison and accuses them of having assaulted and injured agents of the Mossos d’Esquadra. The Catalan Government, acting as private prosecutor, asks for two-year sentences for public disturbance. One of the defendants is Josant Valverde, would be arrested on 25 September 2019 in Vilanova i la Geltrú, as he had not been identified during the investiture demonstration but later, on 21 December 21 2018, when demonstrating against the celebration of the Council of Ministers in Barcelona. The oral hearing is held on 25 November, but the trial is postponed because the Catalan Government eventually steps away from the case. The trial will be held on 22 November 2022.

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