27 September 2017

The National Court starts proceedings against Sànchez and Cuixart for the mass demonstration on 20 September


The magistrate of the Central Examining Magistrate’s Court of the National High Court, Carmen Lamela, starts preliminary proceedings regarding the complaint submitted by the Prosecutor’s Office for a possible crime of sedition in relation to the protest at the doorwas of the Ministry of Economy on 20 September. Lamela deems that the National Court has the competence to judge the case because, according to the Prosecutor’s Office, ‘the ultimate purpose of the mobilisation’ was to hold the referendum and proclaim independence, so the crime could constitute an ‘attack against the form of government.’ On 5 October, Jordi Cuixart and Jordi Sànchez file a preliminary question on competence because they believe that Lamela does not hold the competence try the crime of sedition according to the jurisprudence of the Supreme Court and the National High Court itself. Lamela dismisses the request, and Sànchez and Cuixart appeal the decision to the Criminal Chamber of the National High Court.

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