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Jailed former Parliament speaker ‘regrets nothing,’ says her son

Carme Forcadell’s child believes all imprisoned Catalan leaders ‘will end up being released’ once case is taken to European Court of Human Rights

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03 June 2018 12:23 PM

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ACN | Barcelona

As Parliament president, Carme Forcadell was one of the leading figures in the independence push in the past few years. And because of that, she was imprisoned on March 23, 2018 and prosecuted for rebellion. Yet she “regrets nothing” of what she did, which was allowing debates and votes on a referendum and independence in the Catalan Parliament. In an interview with the Catalan News Agency, her son, Ferran Pegueroles, said that she is “convinced” of what she did. According to him, she did nothing “wrong”, but only fulfilling her duty as parliament speaker, that is, allowing debates in the chamber. “Not even if she had wanted, she could have been able to prevent it,” he added.

Still pending trial, Carme Forcadell faces up to 30 years in jail for rebellion, and her son says she and the other jailed leaders “will only end up being released” when their cases are taken to the European Court of Human Rights, in Strasbourg. “Yet we would like them to be released before, because this can stretch on,” he said. Pegueroles gives a gloomy perspective on the Spanish judiciary. “There does not seem to be a justice impartial enough to judge this in a correct way, but I hope to be wrong.”

  • "[In Spain] there does not seem to be a justice impartial enough to judge this in a correct way, but I hope to be wrong"

    Ferran Pegueroles · Jailed former Catalan parliament president Carme Forcadell's son

Forcadell’s family members “do not understand the reasons behind her precautionary imprisonment.” She was jailed for one night last November but was allowed to get out after paying a bail. Yet on March 23, the Spanish Supreme Court put her behind bars again and did not give her the chance to be out on bail.

Her life in prison

She “spends 16 hours a day shut in her cell, and that is a big blow for her,” her son says. “She reads letters and books, kills the time in order to be tired and sleep a little bit better.” According to him, Forcadell “was a very active person, she never stopped, she was never at home, she was always up and down, and now from prison she can do nothing.” She shared for a couple of months a 8sqm-cell with the deposed Work minister Dolors Bassa, the other female Catalan politician in jail, but now they have been separated. “They will be a little bit more comfortable, but have no longer the option to speak to each other, so they spend 16 hours per day alone,” he explained.

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