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Catalonian Leader Faces Court for Supporting Banned Independentist Ballot

MADRID – Spain’s supreme court convened on Monday to judge a Catalonian member of parliament and former regional government adviser accused of contempt of court after a banned independence referendum was held Nov. 9, 2016, in that Spanish autonomous region.

Catalonian MP, Francesc Homs, who has already been officially charged, stood at the Supreme Court’s dock after his arrival escorted by a few dozen supporters including former Generalitat (local government) president, Artur Mas; its vice president, Neus Monte; and the Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya spokesperson at Spain’s Parliament, Joan Tarda, among others.

Outside the court, a group of demonstrators with banners demanding “Freedom” and the right to vote called out slogans supporting the separatist referendum that set forth said court action.

The defendant’s lawyer denounced the alleged infringement of his client’s constitutional rights and demanded a guaranteed fair hearing after the court threw out of court his defense allegations.

The Spanish government has stated that the November ballot in Catalonia was illegal and therefore resorted to denounce the ballot and take its organizers to court.

On Monday morning, the Spanish Socialist Party spokesperson, Mario Jimenez, currently in the opposition, stated that Homs must “assume the consequences of disobeying the law, the Justice Courts and the Constitutional High Court” and “forfeit invoking any other alleged legitimacies.”

The spokesperson stressed that the Catalonian leader not only disobeyed the Constitutional court’s prior sentence on the subject but “took unjust decisions in the knowledge” they were unfair.

 

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