The Parliament’s President, Carme Forcadell, and three members of the Parliament’s Bureau have been accused of disobedience and perversion of justice by Catalonia’s Public Prosecutor for allowing the referendum’s proposal to be put to vote. Actions have been brought against Anna Simó, Lluis Corominas and Ramona Barrufet, all them from governing cross-party ‘Junts Pel Sí’ but not against Joan Josep Nuet, from alternative left alliance ‘Catalunya Sí que es Pot’. Although he is also part of the Bureau, the Public Prosecutor considered that he didn’t aimed to launch any “political project which disrespects the Constitution of the 1978” as the others did. Nuet supported the accused and stated that the decision is a “sloppy discrimination” which “proves the politisation of justice” in the Spanish State.
According to the Public Prosecutor, Nuet “didn’t expect to encourage the constitutive process” but acted “driven by the erroneous belief that he was fulfilling his functions as member of the Parliament’s Bureau”. Moreover, the Prosecutor pointed out that Nuet’s vote, who abstained from passing the referendum’s proposal, “wasn’t decisive” for the proposal to proceed.
Action to be added to Forcadell’s prosecution
This is the second lawsuit against Forcadell presented by the Public Prosecutor and is expected to be added to her prosecution for having allowed a democratic debate on Catalonia’s independence in the Catalan Chamber on the 27th of July.
Indeed, Forcadell testified before Barcelona’s Courthouse on the 16th of December she could be fined and banned from public office for allegedly violating Spanish law by allowing a Parliamentary debate on pro-independence roadmap.
Forcadell considered bringing her before the Court “another step” towards the Spanish State’s attempt to “violate the separation of powers”. Therefore, she warned that what is at risk with her trial “is not the political future of a person” but “democracy”.
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