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ERC’s ministers commit to using “dialogue and political negotiation” if released

The lawyer asks the Spanish Supreme Court to review the case and to change imprisonment for a lighter penalty

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28 November 2017 01:15 PM

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ACN | Barcelona

Some of the jailed Catalan ministers committed to using “dialogue and political negotiation” to achieve their political goals if they’re released, but noted that they won’t give up. The lawyer of the jailed ministers belonging to pro-independence party ERC, Andreu Van den Eynde, stated that they accept the enforcement of Article 155 and renounce the unilateral option for independence.  

Van den Eynde submitted a letter to the Spanish Supreme Court requesting his clients be summoned, and gave arguments to review the precautionary measures through which they’re in prison. He asked the Spanish Supreme Court to review the Spanish National Court judge's decision and to change it for a lighter penalty, such as conditional freedom.

In the letter, the lawyer noted that, contrary to what happened with Catalan ministers, deposed by the Spanish government after the enforcement of Article 155 of the Spanish constitution, most members of the Catalan parliament bureau were released after paying bail

  • "They accept the enforcement of Article 155, they're not renouncing to defend their political convictions in a peaceful and democratic way"

    Andreu Van den Eynde · ERC's ministers lawyer

Committed to non-violence and democracy

"They accept the enforcement of Article 155, they're not renouncing to defend their political convictions in a peaceful and democratic way and working with the aim of reaching an agreement that allows Catalan citizens to put their future in their own hands,” he argued. The lawyer insisted that jailed Catalan ministers are holding strong on their political convictions, and that they’re committed to the principles of non-violence and democracy.

Right of political participation

Van den Eynde also stressed that flight risk is not an issue because they're running as candidates in the December 21 election, and furthermore, and they cannot repeat the crime they're being jailed for because they’ve been deposed from office. The lawyer also argues that the jailed Catalan ministers have the “right to political participation,” the right to run in an election on equal terms as other candidates, and the right to exercise political representation (if they are chosen by citizens).    

According to Spanish Supreme Court sources, the Spanish Supreme Court judge could summon the Catalan ministers, or answer the letter without summoning them. There is no deadline for responding to the lawyer's request. According to sources of the Spanish Supreme Court, the judge of the Spanish Supreme Court can summoned Catalan ministers or answer the letter without summoning them. There is no deadline for responding to the lawyer's request.

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