Two CDR activists arrested on terrorism charges released on bail
The pair were detained in September but Spain's National Court has freed them after “no material contact with explosives” found
Two of the activists involved with the pro-independence group Committees of the Defense of the Republic (CDR) who were previously arrested and provisionally jailed on terrorism charges have been released from prison on bail.
The National Court concluded that Ferran Jolis, one of the accused activists given bail of €5,000, had "no material contact with explosives," while Alexis Codina was released on bail of €10,000 because even though he did not have any explosives in his home, some "precursor substances" were found there.
The lawter of Alexis Codina related these "precursor substances" found at his home to materials from the activist's work in restoring furniture and antiques.
The release of the pair comes just a week after three other CDR activists were also released on bail.
Catalan President Quim Torra celebrated the release of the activists on Friday, and called on the acting Spanish President Pedro Sánchez to apologize for accusing the pro-independence movement of supporting "violence."
In a tweet, Torra stated that the CDR members should never have been imprisoned, lamented "defamation after defamation" related to the case, and stated that "for days and days" both the pro-independence movement and himself were "accused of harnessing violence."
Difamació rere difamació, durant dies i dies vaig/vam ser acusats “d’emparar la violència”. Celebro que els empresonats del 23S surtin d’una presó on no haurien d’haver entrat mai. Molts han de demanar perdó. I el primer que ho ha de fer ha de ser el president Sánchez. https://t.co/Q1Bet6eIju— Quim Torra i Pla (@QuimTorraiPla) December 27, 2019
He said that "many have to apologize" and called on Pedro Sánchez to behave presidentially. The Catalan executive made those considerations linking to a video with statements made by the PSOE leader in which he called on separatists to "strongly condemn violence in all its forms" in a September rally.