14 June 2018

The Spanish government and the Supreme Court pass the buck over transferring the leaders involved in the 1 October referendum to Catalan prisons


Following the investiture of Pedro Sánchez with the support of pro-independence parties, the debate on the transfer of the political prisoners involved in the 1 October referendum to Catalan prisons is being reactivated. Speaking to Onda Cero, Fernando Grande-Marlaska, new Minister of the Interior, is open to transferring the prisoners if authorised by the Supreme Court. On the same day, judge Pablo Llarena issues an interlocutory order denying the provisional release requested by Oriol Junqueras, Raül Romeva and Carme Forcadell, specifying that the competence to decide on their transfer to Catalan prisons lies with the Secretary-General of Penitentiary Institutions, which reports to the Ministry of Justice.

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