14 May 2019

The Supreme Court says that it does not need authorisation from the legislative branch to try the 1 October political prisoners


The Criminal Chamber of the Supreme Court refuses to halt the prosecution of the leaders of the 1 October referendum who won seats in the general elections (Oriol Junqueras, Raül Romeva, Jordi Sànchez, Jordi Turull and Josep Rull), arguing that it does not need authorisation from the legislative branch to continue with the trial. It also refuses to lift the preventive detention, but authorises the prisoners to attend the inaugural sessions of Congress and the Senate scheduled for 21 May so that they can take possession of their seats. All five present an appeal before the same court against the decision to continue the trial without requesting the waiver of parliamentary immunity from the legislative branch. When the court dismisses their appeals, they will file appeals for protection before the Constitutional Court.

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