8 June 2022

The Supreme Court will review the pardons granted to the leaders of the 1 October who had been sentenced to prison


On February 22, the Administrative Chamber of the Supreme Court had rejected all appeals filed against the granting of pardons to the leaders of the 1 October sentenced to prison by the Council of Ministers because it understood that the appellants (PP, VOX, the president of Ciudadanos Inés Arrimadas, the former delegate of the Spanish Government in Catalonia Enric Millo, and the Spanish organisation Convivencia Cívica Ciudadana), were not legitimised to question them. The appellants had appealed the court’s decision, and the Chamber now changes its mind and accepts the appeals, which opens the door to the eventual annulment of the pardons. This decision takes place after a change of majority in the Chamber, which saw magistrate Ángeles Huet, member of Judges for Democracy, replaced by a more conservative magistrate, Inés Huerta, who has voted in favour of reviewing the pardons along with two other conservative magistrates, Fernando Román and Wenceslao Olea.

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