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Public prosecutor appeals lowest prison category granted to six jailed independence leaders

Prison supervision court temporarily suspends privileges of five politicians and activists

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28 July 2020 01:19 PM

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ACN|Barcelona

On Tuesday, the public prosecutor's office in Barcelona appealed the lowest prison category granted to jailed independence leaders Oriol Junqueras, Raül Romeva, Carme Forcadell, Jordi Sànchez, Quim Forn and Jordi Cuixart.

According to the prosecutor, it creates "a sense of impunity" and should be suspended immediately until a judge rules on the matter.

Hours later, the prison supervision court dealing with this request agreed to temporarily suspend the privileges of all except Carme Forcadell until then. 

The lowest prison category, which came into effect for all nine jailed politicians and activists just under two weeks ago, allows them to both spend weekends at home and work outside prison during the week while only having to return weeknights.

The court that tried them in 2019, Spain's Supreme Court, will have the final say on the issue and could reimpose stricter prison conditions once the imprisoned independence leaders appeal the prison supervision court's eventual decision. 

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  • Jordi Turull, Raül Romeva, Oriol Junqueras and Jordi Cuixart leaving prison on August 17, 2020 (by Mar Martí)

  • Jordi Turull, Raül Romeva, Oriol Junqueras and Jordi Cuixart leaving prison on August 17, 2020 (by Mar Martí)

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