Former Catalan president sentenced again for disobedience | News


A Spanish judge imposed a 15-month disqualification sentence on former Catalan president Quim Torra, in his second conviction for disobedience for ignoring an order from the Central Electoral Board which forced him to remove a banner with a yellow ribbon from the palace of the Autonomous Government in electoral period, which already cost him his position in September 2020.


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According to the sentence, the judge condemns Torra for a crime of disobedience to the Superior Court of Justice of Catalonia (TSJC), after a trial that was held without the presence of the former Catalan president, who shortly before the oral hearing announced through from his Twitter account that he would not participate in what he then described as a “farce”.

The new sentence, for which an eight-month fine is also imposed with a daily fee equivalent to 120 dollars, has been issued just days after the TSJC declared the sentence of a year and a half of disqualification that was imposed on him in December. of 2019.

In that case for not complying, within the established period, with the order of the Central Electoral Board to remove ties and banners in favor of imprisoned politicians from public buildings in the campaign of April 28, 2019.

In turn, the Constitutional Court has again dismissed the amparo appeal filed by Torra against the execution of the first sentence that sentenced him to a year and a half of disqualification for a crime of disobedience.

Torra has already filed another amparo appeal that was rejected last February, directed exclusively towards the ruling. On this occasion, the dismissed appeal went directly against the resolutions that agreed to the firmness and execution of that sentence.

In the most recent appeal, now dismissed, the former regional president alleged the violation of the right to effective judicial protection in its aspect of the right to appeal and precautionary protection, because the execution of the sentence would have prevented, on the one hand, effective access to the constitutional jurisdiction and, on the other hand, to the fact that the Constitutional Court could order the precautionary suspension of the execution of his sentence.

Responding to the new sentence, Torra assessed it in the following terms: “It is a general cause against the independence movement; it is necessary to resume the initiative. Independence is more urgent than ever.”

And he added in short, “We will go to Europe to defend my case. But the important thing is to get back on track towards independence.”

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