24 May 2019

The pro-independence leaders are suspended as members of Congress


The Bureau of Congress, chaired by Meritxell Batet, agrees to suspend as members of Congress the prisoners in the case against the leaders of the 1 October referendum who had won seats in the general elections (Oriol Junqueras, Jordi Sànchez, Jordi Turull and Josep Rull), on the grounds that they are being prosecuted for a crime of rebellion. The suspension is passed, with the PSOE, PP and Ciudadanos voting in favour and Podemos voting against it. The decision comes after the Supreme Court had refused Batet’s request for it to rule on the issue, and follows from the report prepared by the lawyers of the Congress. On 29 May, the Senate Bureau decides to suspend Raül Romeva, with the PSOE and the PP voting in favour and the PNB voting against the suspension. Sànchez, Rull and Turull present an appeal against their suspension before the Constitutional Court.

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