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Spain: Catalan leader Torra to challenge public office ban sentence02:37

Spain: Catalan leader Torra to challenge public office ban sentence

Spain, Barcelona
December 19, 2019 at 18:28 GMT -00:00 · Published

Catalan president Quim Torra announced on Thursday in Barcelona that he will be appealing Spain's High Court of Justice conviction which banned him from holding public office for 18 months.

"For quite logical reasons, my defence will appeal against this judgment simply to re-apply for a right that was not respected in the High Court of Justice, such as that of guaranteeing a reference for a preliminary ruling at European level," he said.

Torra was convicted for refusing to remove pro-independence symbols from public buildings during an electoral campaign, despite orders from Spain’s electoral board.

He demanded the "immediate release of all political prisoners, the free return of the exiles and the shelving of the political cases against the pro-independence supporters. The Spanish State must acknowledge its mistakes and the violations of rights it has committed all this time."

Torra criticised the Spanish Supreme Court, "which has condemned members of the Catalan government, President Forcadell and the leaders of the country's main civic organisations to 100 years in prison."

Torres was also fined €30,000 ($33,000) by the court.

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Catalan president Quim Torra announced on Thursday in Barcelona that he will be appealing Spain's High Court of Justice conviction which banned him from holding public office for 18 months.

"For quite logical reasons, my defence will appeal against this judgment simply to re-apply for a right that was not respected in the High Court of Justice, such as that of guaranteeing a reference for a preliminary ruling at European level," he said.

Torra was convicted for refusing to remove pro-independence symbols from public buildings during an electoral campaign, despite orders from Spain’s electoral board.

He demanded the "immediate release of all political prisoners, the free return of the exiles and the shelving of the political cases against the pro-independence supporters. The Spanish State must acknowledge its mistakes and the violations of rights it has committed all this time."

Torra criticised the Spanish Supreme Court, "which has condemned members of the Catalan government, President Forcadell and the leaders of the country's main civic organisations to 100 years in prison."

Torres was also fined €30,000 ($33,000) by the court.

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