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Jailed leaders demand to know trial start date with ‘enough' advance

Court considering delaying plans for a week until February 12

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31 January 2019 02:12 PM

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ACN | Madrid

Some of the Catalan pro-independence jailed leaders have requested to the Supreme Court knowing with "enough time" in advance when their trial will kick off.

The court said few days ago that it was planning to start it "around" February 5, but less than a week before the due date there is no official confirmation of such date.

Thus three of the prosecuted officials have filed some requests to the judges demanding a longer notice period.

For grassroots leader Jordi Cuixart's defense, less than a week notice is "not enough" to prepare the defense with guarantees."

 

 

  • "Announcing the start date [of the trial] with only one week would carry a serious defenselessness"

    Marina Roig · Jordi Cuixart's lawyer

"Announcing the start date with only one week would carry a serious defenselessness," wrote lawyer Marina Roig. 

Former ministers Oriol Junqueras and Raül Romeva's lawyer asked the court to have at least three weeks' notice before the sessions start.

This, according to him, would guarantee the "right to defense" of all of them. 

On Thursday the Catalan News Agency (ACN) learned that the court is considering delaying the start date of the trial for a week until February 12.

 

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  • Lawyer Andreu Van den Eynde arriving in the Supreme Court in Madrid (by Xavier Alsinet)

  • Lawyer Andreu Van den Eynde arriving in the Supreme Court in Madrid (by Xavier Alsinet)

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