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Defense challenges prosecutor's allegation of violence during independence bid

Jordi Cuixart's lawyer says charges "lack veracity," while Catalan political figures question trial's purpose

 

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13 February 2019 08:02 PM

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ACN | Barcelona/Madrid

The version of events put forward by the prosecution in the trial of Catalan independence leaders in the Supreme Court "lacks veracity," according to the defense lawyer of civic leader Jordi Cuixart, one of the defendants facing a possible hefty prison sentence for rebellion.

On the second day of the trial, it was the prosecution's turn to justify the charges against the leaders, but lawyer Marina Roig said the prosecutor's allegation that the independence bid was violent "does not reflect the reality of what happened in Catalonia during those days."

  • "We are not the only ones that say the protests were always peaceful, but also independent international bodies, such as Front Line Defenders or United Nations observers"

    Marina Roig · Jordi Cuixart's lawyer

"We are not the only ones that say the protests were always peaceful, but also independent international bodies, such as Front Line Defenders or United Nations observers," she said, adding that "the prosecutor's narrative does not stand up."

"It's a trial against democracy," says government spokeswoman

Roig's added assertion that the trial is politically motivated was mirrored in comments by the Catalan government spokeswoman, Elsa Artadi, who said on Wednesday, "it is not a trial against independence, it is a trial against democracy, which is even more serious."

"This is a new fabrication by the [Spanish] state," said pro-independence ERC leader in parliament, Sergi Sabrià. 

The parliamentary head of the left-wing En Comú Podem party, Jéssica Albiach, also rejected the prosecutor's allegations and said the trial should never have taken place, as "whatever the verdict, the political conflict will continue."

Miquel Iceta, the leader of the Catalan Socialists, regretted that the situation had come this far and said the trial provoked a "feeling of political failure." Calling for the case to go ahead without "political interference," Iceta blamed the trial on the "mistaken" decisions of the pro-independence camp.

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  • Image of Marina Roig, Jordi Cuixart's lawyer, on February 13, 2019 (by Andrea Zamorano)

  • Image of Marina Roig, Jordi Cuixart's lawyer, on February 13, 2019 (by Andrea Zamorano)

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