Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez will pardon nine Catalan separatists who have been in prison. He announced the news at a meeting in Barcelona on relations with the northeastern region of Catalonia.
Sanchez talked about his plans at the famous Liceu Theater in Barcelona. He said he hopes to reunite with the region and work for “the future of Spain as a whole”. According to the Prime Minister, the pardon is a gesture of seeking to escape the Catalan crisis.
“In order to establish a new relationship with the Catalan state government, the government is more willing to get rid of the problem of imprisoned politicians,” said correspondent Ropp Zotberg. “However, the government wants to prevent a new referendum. The released politicians will not get new management positions. This is a condition set by Madrid for the pardon.”
Supreme Court of Spain conviction Nine civil society activists and former members of the Catalan government in the Carles Puigdemont region were sentenced to years in prison for their role in organizing a 2017 ban on the Catalan independence referendum. As a result, using the government to declare independence, the judge ruled that it was regarded as treason.
Therefore, in 2019, some drivers were sentenced to 9 to 13 years in prison; the then Prime Minister of Catalonia fled the country and went into exile in Belgium. If he returns to Spain, he will be arrested immediately.
Earlier this month, Puigmont have already known Can’t see any solution. “This does not resolve political conflicts,” Puigmont said. He asked for amnesty for himself and all those who participated in the 2017 independence attempt, but so far, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez seems to disagree. He still hopes that the former Catalan leader will be tried in Spain.
In Spain, the case against Catalans is considered the most significant lawsuit since the return of democracy in 1975. The prosecutors in the trial demanded a maximum sentence of 25 years for most suspects, who are considered to be the founders of the Catalan referendum in 2017.
Separatists have been accused of inciting the public by supporting a court ruling that banned the 2017 referendum by “publicity and commotion”. In Spain, sedition can be punished for up to twelve years.