Catalan independence leader Carles Puigdemont exonerated of sedition.
has been the decision of Pablo Llarena, the magistrate of the Spanish Supreme Court that is investigating the case of the independence process of Catalonia in 2017. In the trial nine Catalan independence leaders were convicted of this crime. The Spanish Justice continues to claim seven politicians who fled after the secessionist process.
The repeal is explained by the entry into force of the criticized reform of the Penal Code this Thursday, which replaces the crime of sedition with that of aggravated public disorder.
Judge Llarena considers that the facts investigated do not fit with the new characteristics of public disorder. His decision annuls the current Eurowarrants for sedition.
However, the magistrate has agreed to the national search and capture of the former president and former counselors, Toni Comín and Lluís Puig, for embezzlement and disobedience.
In his order, Llarena also explains that he will wait for the General Court of the European Union (TGUE) to decide on the withdrawal of the parliamentary immunity of the three politicians and on the prejudicial question that he raised before issuing new Euro-orders.
postpones its decision to issue new Eurowarrants and international arrest warrants against Puigdemont, as well as against Comín and Puig, until the General Court of the European Union decides on the eventual withdrawal of parliamentary immunity from the first two.
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