Further jailed leaders leave prison after being granted permission

Carme Forcadell and Dolors Bassa left their penitentiary centers on Monday after being granted leave last week

Dolors Bassa leaves prison on February 17, 2020 (by Marina López)
Dolors Bassa leaves prison on February 17, 2020 (by Marina López) / ACN

ACN | Barcelona

February 17, 2020 12:38 PM

Jailed pro-independence leaders Carme Forcadell and Dolors Bassa have left their prisons on Monday for the first time after being granted permission last week by their respective prison authorities. 

The former parliament speaker was granted three days of leave each week for nine hours each day in order to take care of her mother, per article 100.2 of the Spanish constitution. 

Ex minister Bassa was also given permission to take care of an elderly family member for three days a week. 

Last week the prison authorities’ treatment boards agreed that Forcadell could leave the penitentiary center, and also that Dolors Bassa could do the same. 

Jailed activist Jordi Cuixart left prison last week using the same article, available to prisoners classified as medium category inmates. 

The ex parliament speaker left the penitentiary center shortly before half past nine in the morning. She shared the message of "We persist," on social media, with a photo of her leaving prison.

As the jailed politicians and activists are all classified as medium category prisoners, this comes with the possibility of applying for leave in certain circumstances.