Prisoners Of Procés Recover Third Degree

Hours before the electoral campaign begins in Catalonia, the Generalitat has once again granted the third degree of penitentiary or semi-freedom that the Supreme Court revoked to the imprisoned independence leaders – with the exception of the former president of the Parliament Carme Forcadell, still pending resolution -, so that they will be able to go out daily from tomorrow and in this way intervene in the electoral acts called by their parties.

The Secretary of Penals of the Ministry of Justice indicates in its statement that the jailed sovereign leaders “are subject to the penalty of deprivation of liberty, but retain the right to demonstrate and political participation.”

The Generalitat, in this way, has endorsed the semi-release regime that the prison treatment boards, made up of technical personnel, proposed on January 14 for the ‘procés’ prisoners, when most of them have already completed a quarter of the sentence or are about to do so, which entitles them to ordinary permits.

The Department led by the Republican Ester Capella has granted semi-release to the Jordis, the former councilors Oriol Junqueras, Raül Romeva, Jordi Turull, Joaquim Forn, Josep Rull and Dolors Bassa -who will only have to spend the night in jail from Monday to Friday.

Thursday at least eight hours -, coinciding with the start of the electoral campaign and without hurrying the maximum period of two months that he had to pronounce, which expired on March 14. The independence leaders, in addition, will be able to go to their homes to sleep from Friday to Sunday and will also enjoy a series of ordinary permits (maximum 48 days a year, with up to seven consecutive days).

The endorsement to the third degree has been resolved by the classification service of the Secretary of Mesures Penals and its decision has already been communicated this Thursday to those convicted of ‘the procés’ incarcerated.

They are the address of the prisons where they are admitted, in the case of males in Lladoners (Sant Joan de Vilatorrada), which will specify whether they continue in the same penitentiary units or are transferred to open regime centers. Bassa is in the Puig de les Basses (Figueres) prison and Forcadell (pending resolution) in the Wad-Ras (Barcelona).

The third degree will be effective as of tomorrow, although the prosecution will have the opportunity to appeal it and force the court to suspend it until the Supreme Court decides , which is the one that has the last word in the prison classifications as sentencing court.

This was the case last July with the nine independence leaders imprisoned in Lledoners -Jordi Cuixart, Jordi Sànchez and the ‘ex-councilors’ Oriol Junqueras, Raül Romeva, Josep Rull, Jordi Turull and Joaquim Forn-, to whom the surveillance judge suspended the third grade a few days after leaving semi-released, despite endorsing the decision of the Generalitat to grant it.

On December 4, the Supreme Court ended by revoking the third degree of the ‘procés’ prisoners, a regime that only Carme Forcadell and Dolors Bassa already enjoyed, since the surveillance judges on whom their prisons depend ruled out suspending it until the decision was not firm.

The Department of Justice insists that the decision to grant semi-release to the procés prisoners is strictly technical , in accordance with the proposal put forward by the treatment boards of the Lledoners and Puig de les Basses prisons, a process in which which ensures that more than 30 professionals have participated .

In the case of Forcadell, which also has the Wad Ras prison proposal favorable to the third degree, the Secretariat for Criminal Measures has not yet resolved its classification.

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