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Sànchez, Turull, and Rull request their conviction of sedition be annulled

The three pro-independence leaders claim the sentence is invalid due to violation of their rights

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08 November 2019 03:16 PM

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ACN | Barcelona

The defense teams of jailed leaders Jordi Sànchez, Jordi Turull, and Josep Rull have requested to the Spanish Supreme Court that their sentences for sedition be annulled on the basis that their rights have been violated ahead of their Constitutional Court appeal.

The Junts per Catalunya trio were convicted in the four-month trial of the leaders of the 2017 Catalan independence push, and, along with six other political and civic leaders, were given jail sentences of between 9 and 13 years. The appeal to annul is a preliminary step and an "indispensable requirement" to be able to file an appeal to the ruling in the Constitutional Court.

The lawyer of the three pro-independence leaders, Jordi Pina, argues that the courtroom chaired by Manuel Marchena has violated various rights, such as "the right to a process with all the guarantees against the leak of the content of the sentence," and the right to effective judicial protection for the lack of motivation from the judges to individualize the penalties.

Pina also claims that the crime of sedition does not conform to the events of October 2017. The lawyer requests that different judges to those who convicted the twelve independence leaders hear the invalidity case to guarantee the "impartiality" of the court.

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  • Jailed leaders, from left to right, Josep Rull, Jordi Sànchez, and Jordi Turull, walking through the Spanish congress (by Javier Barbancho)

  • Jailed leaders, from left to right, Josep Rull, Jordi Sànchez, and Jordi Turull, walking through the Spanish congress (by Javier Barbancho)

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