A Spanish judge has rightly and legally jailed Catalan politicians who charged with sedition and rebellion. These people thought that they could get away with holding an illegal vote and bypassing the rule of law as if public office is some kind of game where they pull the strings.
Now these people are finding out differently.
It is also right and something which I suggested in passing that an EU arrest warrant is issued for the return to
Spain of ousted
president Carles Puigdemont and four of his ex-ministers.
It might have come as a shock to others that a Spanish judge has ordered nine former members of the government in
Catalonia jailed while they are investigated
over charges of sedition, rebellion and embezzlement but not me, it was always going
to end up this way. Their actions have already caused civil unrest and they
have threatened Spain’s
national and economic security.
And you don’t get to do this and walk away with consequences!
So, what should happen to these people, well, I favour jail time around the 8 years, and a lifetime ban from standing for public office, these people aren’t martyrs they were involved in criminal acts.
Although Carles Puigdemont, the former president of
Catalonia, and four other ex-Cabinet members are in Belgium and have
ignored court summonses to appear for questioning, they are also going to find
that they will have no EU allies. If they go the asylum route as suggested by
some people, they will not get it, although this will buy them time, in the
end, these people are going back to Spain whether they like it or not.
Since the EU remit doesn’t allow them to get involved in domestic politics and already refused to acknowledge the illegal
Catalonia vote, Puigdemont
will be getting a rude awakening into how the law actually works, and he won’t
like it. When he does come back, he won’t be a hero, he will be someone rotting
in a jail cell unless he makes bail and personally I wouldn’t grant bail for
any of these people.
We are looking at a criminal case stemming from the declaration of independence the Parliament of Catalonia made on Friday.
Already a Defence lawyer called Jaume Alonso-Cuevillas said the decision to jail these people "lacked justification" and was "disproportionate". I would disagree, their actions could have led to civil war, it already led to violence and disorder so it is proportionate to jail as this sends a clear message, break the law and you will be arrested.
A lawyer for Puigdemont said his client will not be seeking asylum in
because he told his client that the case would result in a loss for them, and
whether Puigdemont cooperates with Belgian police and judicial authorities, he
is getting returned, it isn’t open to debate.
Artur Mas, a former president of the Catalan government said:
"From the personal point of view and also for my personal experience, I don't think that there are all the guarantees to have a fair trial."
That is a mighty bold statement given that Spain is an EU member, and signed up to the European Convention on Human Rights, the facts of the case are plain and easy to follow, an illegal vote was held, and all the charges that follow from that are made because of the deliberate acts of the accused and other third parties.
It is an open and shut case.
Assumpcio Lailla, a former official with
Democrats party, said she had travelled to Madrid joining around 100 other politicians
and elected officials to show support to those investigated, this appears to be
a gimmick and doesn’t deflect from the issue at hand. And if Assumpcio Lailla
doesn’t quite get what is going on then she should get to court early and take
up a seat and learn something.
Finally, it seems that the former President Puigdemont has reacted on Twitter to the jailing of nine members of his former Cabinet, posting that "the legitimate government of
Catalonia has been jailed for its
ideas". You would think given he has a lawyer in Belgium that he
would have been instructed to keep his mouth shut.
Former President Puigdemont wants to go to jail it seems, luckily for him he might get his wish, given Spain’s past, a clear message must be sent out, the rule of law must be obeyed, if you doubt that in this case, then ask yourself why no one in the EU is willing to support Puigdemont.
He is a man without a future in politics.
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