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Catalan MEP calls Spanish judiciary 'out of tune' with other European justice systems

In Vienna, Josep Maria Terricabras urges EU human rights agency to give its "opinion" on cases of rights' abuse in Catalonia

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26 September 2018 12:41 PM

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ACN | Barcelona

A Catalan MEP has accused the Spanish judiciary of being "out of tune" with other European justice systems, at the European Forum of Human Rights taking place in Vienna.

At the event hosted by the EU's Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA), Josep Maria Terricabras questioned the "impartiality" of Spanish judges, who in leaked emails "insult and denigrate independence supporters."

The MEP also referred to the jailed Catalan pro-independence leaders, calling on the FRA to take the "initiative" and give its "opinion" on cases of rights' abuse, such as those that he claimed were happening in Catalonia.

Terricabras was in Austria to give a talk on judicial independence and corruption to some 30 experts on human and fundamental rights from a range of international and European organizations.

  • "The Spanish judiciary is in a situation of great weakness"

    Josep Maria Terricabras · Catalan MEP

"I wanted to explain that the Spanish justice system is precarious and not in tune with those of Europe," the MEP told the Catalan News Agency (ACN) after his talk, adding that "the Spanish judiciary is in a situation of great weakness."

Terricabras also argued that the EU should give more authority to the FRA so that it can independently comment on case of rights' abuses. The head of the agency, Michael O'Flaherty, admitted to ACN that his organization has only "modest" resources.

"We are a small group of people and we do not have the capacity to do what people would like us do or what we would like to do," he said, pointing out that the agency only currently responds to issues affecting various EU member states at the same time.

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  • The Catalan MEP Josep Maria Terricabras in Vienna on September 25, 2018 (by Norma Vidal)

  • The Catalan MEP Josep Maria Terricabras in Vienna on September 25, 2018 (by Norma Vidal)

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