The Spanish justice ordered on Thursday, November 2, the provisional detention of eight of the fourteen members of the Catalan government dismissed, for sedition and rebellion. The prosecution requested a European arrest warrant against Carles Puigdemont and four of his former “ministers”.
Fourteen members of the dismissed Catalan government were called to appear in Madrid on Thursday. The judge of the National Hearing was to hear them in the context of the investigation for sedition, rebellion, and embezzlement of public funds following the referendum on self-determination organized on 1 October and the unilateral proclamation of the independence of Catalonia on October 27th.
Eight of them were remanded. Among these separatist leaders is the Vice President of the Generalitat, Oriol Junqueras. A ninth minister, who had resigned before the proclamation of independence, was also imprisoned, but he will be released after the payment of a deposit of 50,000 euros.
Parliament Speaker Carme Forcadell, two deputies and three members of the Parliament’s Bureau have meanwhile postponed their hearing until Thursday, November 9. Carme Forcadell has called on Twitter the detention of “ministers” decision “unfair and indecent“.
“All in prison. Feeling of great injustice. A very sad day for democracy, “responded Jaume Alonso-Cuevillas, an advocate of former Catalan President Carles Puigdemont and his party, the PDeCAT (European Democratic Party Catalan).
Carles Puigdemont and four of his former ministers, all of whom refused to appear, are in danger of being subject to a European arrest warrant requested by the Spanish public prosecutor’s office.