The PP has requested today that the Interior Minister, Fernando Grande-Marlaska, appear in the Congress of Deputies to explain "the reasons why the Government decided to move" to Catalan prisons to the nine defendants in the case opened by the " procés "who remain in custody.
The spokeswoman of the Popular Party in the Congress, Dolors Montserrat, has signed the request of appearance in which the parliamentary group requests explanations to the holder of Interior on the transfer of the ex-vice president of the Generalitat Oriol Junqueras and other eight independentistas leaders.
All of them were taken to penitentiary centers of Catalonia last July by order of the Executive after the investigating judge of the case, Pablo Llarena, concluded the investigation proceedings and did not oppose his transfer.
Last Saturday, the secretary general of the PP, Teodoro García Egea, already announced that his party would request the appearance of Marlaska to explain if the Government is granting penitentiary benefits to the pro-independence politicians who are in prison.
However, both the Minister of the Interior and the Executive made it clear that the Government has no jurisdiction over prisons in Catalonia since the 1980s, when the Generalitat assumed the management of penitentiary policy in the community.
Even so, Grande-Marlaska affirmed that if the Congress and the Senate request their appearance it is their "duty" to explain "before the representatives of the popular sovereignty so many times and occasions as they demand".