Week 29 October – 4 November

 

Sunday 4 November: Ramírez Sunyer, the magistrate of court 13 in Barcelona who was instructing the case against Catalan independence, died. 40 people are currently being investigated and 14 have been arrested under his orders.

Friday 2 November: The Spanish prosecution requests 25 years in prison for former vice-president Oriol Junqueras, 17 years for former parliament speaker Carme Forcadell and civil society leaders Jordi Cuixart and Jordi Sànchez, 16 years for former ministers Joaquim Forn, Jordi Turull, Raül Romeva, Josep Rull and Dolors Bassa, and 7 years for Carles Mundó, Meritxell Borràs and Santi Vila, together with inabilitation for public service, which is also requested for nine others. The charges brought forward range from rebellion and sedition to disobedience. Catalan police former head Josep Lluís Trapero and internal affairs ministers face 11 years also on request of the prosecution.

The State Advocacy requests lower sentences, but still ranging from 12 to 8 years for the most prominent defendants (instead of 25 to 16 years).

Tuesday 30 October: Ernest Maragall, the Catalan foreign affairs minister, opened a Catalan government foreign delegation in Rome, headed by Luca Bellizzi. The delegation had been closed by the Spanish government following the intervention of the Catalan self-ruling government after the independence referendum of 1st October last year.

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