15 September 2021

Torrent and two former members of the Parliament’s Bureau testify before the High Court of Justice of Catalonia and Josep Costa does not appear in court


The former president of the Bureau of Parliament Roger Torrent and the two former members of the Bureau Eusebi Campdepadrós and Adriana Delgado appear before the magistrate of the High Court of Justice of Catalonia, Maria Eugènia Alegret. All three are being investigated for an alleged crime of disobedience for having allowed two votes in a plenary session of the Parliament advocating the right to self-determination and rejecting the Monarchy. In court, they defend the MPs can debate anything they want by virtue of their freedom of expression and claim that the warnings issued by the Constitutional Court were too ambiguous. The fourth pro-independence member of the previous Bureau, Josep Costa, refuses to appear before the magistrate because he does ‘not recognise the authority of the High Court of Justice of Catalonia to judge any vote taken in Parliament.’ On 20 September, the magistrate transfers to the parties a petition submitted by VOX (the popular prosecution) asking for Costa’s arrest, and the Prosecutor’s Office notifies that before ordering the arrest he must first be summoned again.

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