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Prosecutor: no need for observers in independence trial

"It is televised live, we cannot offer anything else," says María José Segarra about requests of professors and human rights' experts

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28 January 2019 02:26 PM

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ACN | Barcelona

The Spanish general prosecutor, María José Segarra, sustains there’s no need for international observers to follow the independence trial from inside the Supreme Court, where it will be held.

"It is televised live, we cannot offer anything else," she said on Monday.

"A trial taking place within Spain's judiciary, which is absolutely respectful towards the guarantees of everyone and that offers a live broadcast…it’s hard to offer more transparency than that," she added.

The defendants have requested for the court to allow five spots in the courtroom for international observers.

  • "There will be a lot of information and misinformation, and the prosecutor's office will explain and try to be clear so that everyone understands stances taken"

    María José Segarra · Spain's general prosecutor

Several human rights organizations have requested to observe the sessions, including Amnesty International and International Trial Watch, including professors, jurists, and human rights experts.

Madrid campaign to fight "attacks" against Spain's reputation during trial

Segarra also backed the initiative by the Spanish government to "counteract the pro-independence misinformation" in the trial through España Global, the executive's office to promote Spain around the world.

"It’s obvious that in a trial with so much expectation, there will be a lot of information and misinformation, and the prosecutor's office will explain and try to be clear so that everyone understands stances taken," she said.

Pro-independence Esquerra Republicana has requested the head of España Global office speak in Congress to explain the campaign to fight supposed 'fake news' during the trial.

Irene Lozano, in charge of España Global, said this initiative aims to fight "attacks" against Spain's reputation.

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  • The Spanish general public prosecutor María José Segarra (by UPF)

  • Spain's public prosecutor, María José Segarra, in November 2018 (by Miquel Codolar)

  • The Spanish general public prosecutor María José Segarra (by UPF)
  • Spain's public prosecutor, María José Segarra, in November 2018 (by Miquel Codolar)

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