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Spanish court accused of delaying appearence of jailed leaders in Parliament

Catalan parties call court's action a "delaying strategy" to stop former ministers giving evidence to Investigation commission

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22 January 2019 11:15 AM

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ACN | Barcelona

Members of the Catalan parliament accuse Spain's Supreme Court of delaying the appearance of jailed pro-independence leaders before an investigation commission in the chamber. 

Lawmakers summoned jailed leaders to appear before a commission looking into Spain's application of direct rule in Catalonia, triggered by the central government in Madrid following a declaration of independence on October 27, 2017.

Former ministers being prosecuted for the independence bid -Oriol Junqueras, Jordi Turull, Raül Romeva, Joaquim Forn, Josep Rull and Dolors Bassa- had all been called to give evidence to the commission in Parliament.

The commission says it was forced to adjourn the appearance of the jailed leaders after the Supreme Court extended until Wednesday the period for all parts of Parliament's petition to hold the hearings to arrive.

However, left-wing and pro-independence parties issued a joint communication in which they accuse the court of adopting a "delaying strategy" to postpone the evidence given by the former ministers becoming public.

The cross-party manifesto also called on the court to quickly resolve the petition to hold the hearings "out of respect for Parliament."

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  • From left to right: former Catalan ministers Raül Romeva, Jordi Turull, and Oriol Junqueras (by Jordi Play)

  • From left to right: former Catalan ministers Raül Romeva, Jordi Turull, and Oriol Junqueras (by Jordi Play)