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Spain refuses immunity for Catalan separatist MEP Junqueras - DW
Spain's Supreme Court on Thursday said that Oriol Junqueras should not be released from prison, denying him immunity as a a Member of the European Parliament (MEP).

A legal request had been filed for Junqueras to take up his seat at the parliament, in line with a ruling by the European Court of Justice (ECJ).

Judges in Luxembourg in December said the politician should be entitled to immunity as a member of the parliament. It said he should have been allowed to travel to a Spanish swearing-in ceremony at the parliament after he was elected an MEP last May.

However, the Madrid court refused to recognize Junqueras as an MEP because the delibration stage of his trial had already begun when he was officially recognized as an MEP elect.

"There are no grounds to grant his freedom," the court wrote in its ruling. It said the ECJ-recognized travel privileges were "not a protective shield against the sentence."

by Bernard (bernard) on Thu Jan 9th, 2020 at 06:49:25 PM EST
Looks like its a confrontation with the ECJ and European parliament then.
by IdiotSavant on Thu Jan 9th, 2020 at 09:34:31 PM EST
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Statement by President Sassoli on the composition of the European Parliament
Statement by the President of the European Parliament David Sassoli

"Following the judgement of the Court of Justice of the European Union in case C-502/19, Junqueras Vies, of 19 December 2019, the mandates of Mr Junqueras i Vies, Mr Puigdemont i Casamajó and Mr Comín i Oliveres started on 2 July 2019 on the basis of the official declaration of the results of the elections by the competent Spanish authorities.

"However, taking into account the decision of the Junta Electoral Central of 3 January 2020 and pursuant to the decision of the Tribunal Supremo of 9 January 2020, the mandate of Mr Junqueras i Vies terminated with effect on 3 January 2020.

"It follows from the case-law of the Court of Justice that the European Parliament is obliged to take note without delay of the final decisions of the competent judicial authorities of the Member States.

"Therefore, I will announce in plenary on Monday 13 January 2020 the start of mandate of the three Members on 2 July 2019 and the termination of the mandate of Mr Junqueras i Vies on 3 January 2020. I will ask the competent Spanish authorities to quickly notify to Parliament the name of the new Member."

by Bernard (bernard) on Fri Jan 10th, 2020 at 09:39:17 PM EST
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As expected, this has gone straight back to court:

Oriol Junqueras appeals to the EU's General Court to recover his MEP seat.

by IdiotSavant on Mon Jan 20th, 2020 at 12:51:17 AM EST
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