Prosecutor's Office will announce today its petition for penalties for the leaders of the 'procés', which are expected to be aggravated

Prosecutor's Office will announce today its petition for penalties for the leaders of the 'procés', which are expected to be aggravated

It is expected to request different penalties depending on the degree of responsibility in what happened and it is not ruled out that some of those prosecuted by Judge Pablo Llarena will be left out of the prosecutor's brief. In the case against the Major of the Mossos d'Esquadra, Josep Lluis Trapero, the intendant Teresa Laplana and the political exjefes of the autonomic police Pere Soler and César Puig, the writing of the Prosecutor's Office of the National Court will reveal if they are asked for penalties for the crimes for which they were prosecuted -selection and criminal organization- or this petition is also aggravated until the rebellion.

His pronouncement will come after knowing this Thursday that the State Attorney will finally ask for convictions for the leaders of the 'procés' for crimes of secession and embezzlement of public funds, ruling out the rebellion, which entails much more serious prison sentences.

With regard to the Supreme Court's case, the text finalized by prosecutors Fidel Cadena, Jaime Moreno, Consuelo Madrigal and Javier Zaragoza is committed to describing what happened as a rebellion, on the understanding that the facts fit into this provision of the Criminal Code when existing the violence that demands the type, have indicated sources of the Public Ministry. This violence is clearly seen by the public accusation both in the concentration before the Ministry of Economy of September 20, 2017 and in the events of 1-O, according to sources of the Public Prosecutor's Office.

The application of these higher penalties obeys, according to this assessment of the Office of the Prosecutor, to the integration of the crime of embezzlement of public funds in the principal of rebellion, which forces to apply the aggravated penalties. However, the request for jail for the separatist leaders may finally be reduced once the trial is held, in the turn of definitive conclusions, according to the same sources.

These initial penalties, of between 20 and 25 years in prison, are considered to be requested both for Junqueras and for the rest of the exGovern in prison, according to the same sources, that is, for the ex-advisors Joaquim Forn (principal responsible for the Mossos de'Esquadra ) and the rest of those in prison who are Raül Romeva, Dolors Bassa, Josep Rull and Jordi Turull.

In a second level of penalties, it is studied to ask between 10 and 15 years (which could reach 20 depending on the degree of responsibility) for the defendants who do not have embezzlement, which is former Vice President Carme Forcadell and those responsible for the movements civilians Jordi Sánchez (Catalan National Assembly) and Jordi Cuixart (Cultural Omnium), while the rest of the processed exGovern and other deputies who also were for Llarena could appear in the letter with lower sentences, between 5 and 10 years, or even be left out of the tax request according to the same sources.


However, the Office of the Prosecutor could present to the seven judges who will judge this matter in the high court an alternative petition, for crimes of sedition and embezzlement, which in any case have as a consequence a request for a very similar penalty when adding those of both crimes. This alternative, according to other consulted sources, could be left for the end of the trial, in attention to the evidence that is being practiced and to which the violence required by the Penal Code can be accredited to the crime of rebellion.

With regard to the case against Ragman, it has not transpired for the moment in which segment the penalties to be requested will be moved, although these will vary substantially depending on the facts that qualify as sedition or rebellion. This last option was discarded by the instructor of the case, Carmen Lamela, although the prosecutors of the Court have never renounced it altogether.

Lamela, now in the Criminal Chamber of the Supreme Court, prosecuted the mayor of the Mossos d'Esquadra, Josep Lluís Trapero, the mayor Teresa Laplana and the political ex-heads of the regional police Pere Soler and César Puig for the events that took place on the 20th. and September 21 in front of the Ministry of Economy in Barcelona and the independence referendum day of October 1, 2017.


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