8 January 2019

The defence challenges the assignment of the case being tried by Court No. 13


The lawyer representing the former secretary-general of Catalonia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Aleix Villatoro, as well as others under investigation by the Examining Magistrate’s Court No. 13 of Barcelona in connection with the organisation of the 1 October referendum, presents an appeal before the Senior Court of Barcelona against the assignment of the case to Court No. 13. The lawyer’s argument is that Juan Antonio Ramírez Sunyer (head of the court until his death) was hand-picked for the case because of his closeness to Carlos Lesmes, the president of the General Council of the Judiciary and the Supreme Court. On the 14th, the senior judge dismisses the request.

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