Parliament president vows to defend jailed MPs 'until the end'
Torrent visits imprisoned pro-independence leaders in the Madrid region
The president of the Catalan parliament, Roger Torrent, pledged to defend MPs’ rights “until the end”. Torrent visited on Thursday the deposed vice president, Oriol Junqueras, and the home affairs minister, Joaquim Forn, in prison. He travelled to Madrid to meet with both Catalan leaders who have been incarcerated since November last year.
Throughout the day he will also visit the pro-independence grassroots leaders Jordi Sànchez and Jordi Cuixart, in prison since October 16. Jordi Sànchez was denied freedom once again on Tuesday by the Spanish judge overseeing the independence case. After the meeting, Torrent pledged to defend their political rights “until the end”, as well as to work towards their ultimate freedom. “Prison will not incarcerate the ideas that they represent,” he said.
“Prison will not incarcerate the ideas that they represent”
Roger Torrent · Catalan Parliament president
Torrent noted that they are in prison because of a “political trial” and that the meeting “should never be held in prison”. He added that they are behind bars “for their ideas” and that both Junqueras and Forn are “peaceful men, profoundly democratic people” and that they represent the Catalan people, as they were voted for. He stated that he is committed to working towards their freedom to “fully exercise their responsibilities” as MPs.
In the meeting, they spoke about the “personal situation” of the jailed officials, as well as about the “country’s political situation”. “It was an emotional meeting,” Torrent added.