7 February 2020

The Constitutional Court continues to rule on appeals, stalled for two years, presented in relation to the imprisonment of the pro-independence leaders


On 28 January it dismissed Oriol Junqueras’s appeal against the decision of Pablo Llarena, the investigating judge in the case against the leaders of the 1 October referendum, not to grant him permission to attend the inaugural plenary session of Parliament in January 2018. On 7 February, it dismisses an appeal by Jordi Sànchez against Llarena’s decision not to grant him leave to participate in the 21 December election campaign, and on 23 February it dismisses another appeal presented by Sànchez against Llarena’s decision not to allow him to attend the plenary session for his investiture that was supposed to take place on 13 April 2018. Again, three of the Constitutional Court judges (Fernando Valdés, Juan Antonio Xiol and María Luisa Balaguer) dissent, arguing that the restriction of the right to political representation had not been sufficiently justified.

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