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Speaker announces lawsuit against Spanish judges for ‘violating rights’ of jailed MPs

Charges filed against Supreme Court Judge Pablo Llarena and three other magistrates

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14 June 2018 10:20 PM

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ACN | Barcelona

The Catalan parliament speaker Roger Torrent revealed that on Friday, June 15 he will, “on behalf of” the chamber, press charges against the Spanish Supreme Court judges for the “violation of rights” of the hemicycle’s MPs, incarcerated in the Madrid region.

“In the defense of political and civil rights, we must not give an inch, not one,” Torrent proclaimed. The charges will be filed against Judge Pablo Llarena, who has been presiding over the case leveled against pro-independence leaders, and three magistrates more, whose actions, the speaker believes, could be illegal detention, violation of fundamental rights and perversion of justice.

The charges were announced during the award ceremony of the Josep Irla Foundation. Torrent explained that the charges are against the court “that keeps MPs, who cannot exercise their rights, as political prisoners, inasmuch limiting the rights of citizens and impeding the exercising of fundamental rights.”

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  • The Catalan Parliament speaker Roger Torrent at the awarding of the Josep Irla prizes on June 14 2018 (by Rafa Garrido)

  • The Catalan Parliament speaker Roger Torrent at the awarding of the Josep Irla prizes on June 14 2018 (by Rafa Garrido)