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Jailed politician calls on government to grant semi-liberty regime to leaders

Jordi Turull says talks between Spanish and Catalan cabinets need to be "more discreet"

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18 December 2019 12:40 PM

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ACN | Barcelona

Jailed politician Jordi Turull has called on the Catalan government to grant him and the other eight 2017 referendum leaders behind bars the semi-liberty regime, which would allow them to spend most of their sentences outside prison. 

Prison officials recommended that he and and his colleagues serve medium category sentences ('segon grau,' in Catalan), the most common regime, which provides for limited privileges after they have served a quarter of their sentence, such as 36 days leave from prison every year. 

Yet, this recommendation must be ratified by the Catalan administration – which has powers over the prisons in the country – in the coming weeks, although any final decision could be challenged by the prosecutor. The Supreme Court, which tried the leaders, would have the final say in such a case. 

"Does the Catalan government consider that we have to continue locked up or that we can leave?" Turull asked in an interview with the Catalan News Agency (ACN) in Lledoners jail. 

 

  • "Does the Catalan government consider that we have to continue locked up or that we can leave?"

    Jordi Turull · Catalan jailed leader

Turull said that he is not asking for any extra privilege for being a politician, but he does not want to be disadvantaged

During his interview, Turull also referred to the possible future talks between the Catalan and Spanish governments, and asked for both presidents to name "negotiators of verified solvency." He believes "more discreet talks" should take place, in order to reach a deeper dialogue. 

"The negotiation has to be done out of the spotlight," he added. 

According to Turull, every agreement reached needs to be "sealed," and he again suggested the figure of a mediator, which was a point of discrepancy over which talks failed in early 2019.

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  • Former Catalan minister Jordi Turull at Spain's Supreme Court

  • Former Catalan minister Jordi Turull at Spain's Supreme Court

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