The Report Of The European Parliament Recommends The Abolition Of Puygedmont’S Immunity
2021-02-18 | by CusiGO
The report of the Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament, which will rule on the Supreme Court’s appeal against former president Carls puygedmont and his former members, Anthony coten and Clara ponsatti, who have been members of the European parliament since early 2020 and have been accused by the Spanish judiciary since 2017, He proposed to remove the immunity of the three Catalan politicians, and as ABC said, he has been able to confirm this through the sources who received the document.
The confidential report was drafted by Bulgarian MP angel dzhambazki, from the ultra conservative European Parliament group ECR, who listened to the case, heard the views of all parties and discussed the matter in the Legal Affairs Committee. Yesterday, the report was sent to members of this body. They will hold a debate on February 23 to determine their position and vote on 24 to decide whether to give up the immunity of puygedmont, Koman and ponsaty. Their decision will be submitted to the plenary session of the European Parliament, and the 705 members of the European Parliament will ultimately decide whether to deprive Catalans of the protection they enjoy in the face of a European order issued by judge Pablo larena for their participation in the proceedings. The second week of March.
If confirmed in the plenary, politicians will not be extradited immediately, but will take their cases to the Belgian courts (in the puygedmont and Koman cases, where they lived) and the British courts (in the ponsaty case, where they originally settled in Scotland but recently in Belgium). The courts of these countries must then decide whether to accept or reject Spanish European orders against them. In a recent ruling, the Belgian court of appeal rejected the extradition of luluis Puig, another former Catalan MP who fled Catalonia in 2017 and settled in Brussels. This decision sets a clear precedent and may mark the legal fate of others.
The confidential report argues that the fact that members of the Catalan Parliament were prosecuted for events prior to their election to the European Parliament in 2017 has nothing to do with their activities within the institution, and therefore, according to ABC, their immunity will be removed. He also pointed out that the request for prosecution could not be made under the protocol on the immunity of members of the European Parliament because it did not involve acts arising from their activities in the European Parliament, and that the European Parliament should not challenge the judicial process of Member States. As a result, the report ignores the defence of Catalonians, who denounce “political persecution” in Spain, and cites the recent ruling of the Belgian court, which refused to extradite Puig “at the risk of violating the presumption of innocence”.
A confidential report on such a sensitive issue was leaked, and the discussion in the report was kept confidential because it involved fundamental rights, which caused some trouble among the parties concerned. “The Committee hasn’t met yet and doesn’t even know about the report, but it’s a trivial detail for Spanish nationalism,” puygedmont protested on twitter after learning about the spread of the report.
“It’s a very serious parliamentary process and it’s important to raise awareness of the need for secrecy throughout the process,” recalled Adrian Basques, European citizen MP and chairman of the Legal Affairs Committee. “Divulging secrets is not only morally reprehensible, but may also lead to sanctions against those who divulge them.”
According to a source with the committee, there is no doubt that the agency will vote next week in favor of the abolition of the immunity of Catalonians, and will “definitely” be supported by “groups” of members of three major political families: the people’s party, the socialist party and the Liberal Party. A big vote in the European Parliament will be more difficult. “In the plenary, it’s another thing, because these groups are more heterogeneous,” he said, although he thought he would also vote for the removal of their immunity. “There will be some different situations, but it will succeed. I don’t think I have too much travel. ”
However, a few days ago, another source from the socialist family of the European Parliament said (in the absence of a report) that they had not yet established their status as a parliamentary group. “It’s irresponsible now that we say what our position is when there is still no report that we have to vote.” Soon, at the hand of the report, the European Socialists, whose position may be the most scrutinized in Spain, because their links with domestic politics must formally reflect the meaning of their vote.
The process of assessing petitions to members of the European Parliament in Catalonia started in the autumn and was delayed for several months due to the epidemic. Health and social distance measures prevent mandatory meetings that have to be held face-to-face and in private. Finally, the legal services of the European Parliament enable the mixed development of these activities, part face-to-face and part telematics, in order to solve this and other problems.