14 October 2019

Judgment against leaders of the 1 October referendum made public


The Supreme Court convicts nine pro-independence leaders of sedition in the case against the 1 October referendum sentences them to prison terms ranging from nine to 13 years. The former vice-president of the Government of Catalonia, Oriol Junqueras is handed the longest sentence, 13 years, for the crimes of sedition and embezzlement. Former ministers Raül Romeva, Jordi Turull and Dolors Bassa are sentenced to 12 years in prison for the same crimes, while former ministers Quim Forn and Josep Rull are acquitted of the crime of embezzlement and are sentenced to 10 years and 6 months in prison for sedition. The former president of the Parliament of Catalonia, Carme Forcadell, is sentenced to 11 years and 6 months in prison for sedition, while the former president of the ANC, Jordi Sànchez, and the president of Òmnium, Jordi Cuixart, are sentenced to nine years each for sedition. All of them are also sentenced to periods of disqualification from public office for the same length as their respective prison sentences. The Supreme thus throws out the crime of rebellion of which they had been accused, a charge which had allowed some of them to be suspended as members of the Parliament of Catalonia and of the Spanish legislature. Meanwhile, the three former ministers who are not in preventive detention, Meritxell Borràs, Carles Mundó and Santi Vila, are convicted of disobedience and are each sentenced to one year and eight months of disqualification from public office.

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