The decision of the judge of suspend the semi-freedom of five of the nine prisoners of the procés The independence movement of Catalonia is “bad news”, according to what the Vice President of the Government, Pablo Iglesias, has published on his official Twitter profile. Iglesias assures that he has “no doubt about his commitment to democracy and dialogue” although he claims not to share “at all” his independence political project.
The judge of penitentiary surveillance 5 of Catalonia has answered the request of the Prosecutor’s Office and has suspended the third degree, equivalent to semi-freedom, of Oriol Junqueras, Raül Romeva, Jordi Sànchez, Jordi Cuixart and Joaquim Forn. The rest of the judges are expected to make the same decision in the next few hours or days for Carme Forcadell, Jordi Turull, Josep Rull and Dolors Bassa.
The vice president considers that, although it is not his responsibility to “assess the legal quality of a judicial decision”, from a political point of view “the suspension of the semi-freedom of the pro-independence prisoners is bad news” for all those who defend “the dialogue to confront the conflict in the current legal framework. ”
“I suspect that many citizens in Catalonia and in Spain as a whole will once again have the feeling that justice is not always the same for everyone. That this feeling breaks through is bad for our democracy,” concludes Iglesias.