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ERC rejects Junts’ request for Rufián to appear in Parliament

ERC has rejected Junts’ proposal for the leader of the Republicans in Congress, Gabriel Rufián, to appear in Parliament after he confirmed the alleged contacts of the head of the office of the former president of the Generalitat Carles Puigdemont, Josep Maria Alay, with people close to the Kremlin.

Laura Borràs alleges that she suffers a “media campaign” after being prosecuted for corruption

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Rufián accused Puigdemont’s entourage of behaving like “gentlemen thinking they were James Bond”, a reference that sparked protest from several Junts leaders. The deputy general secretary of the ERC and spokesperson, Marta Vilalta, assured this Monday that Rufián should not come to give “any explanation” to Parliament.

Vilalta has focused on the relations of Catalan sovereignty with foreign powers and has warned that “no flirtation with Russia does the independence movement any good.” For the Republican leader, international alliances must be made “based on fundamental principles” such as respect for Human Rights.

The case of Borras

The ERC spokeswoman has avoided commenting on the judicial situation of the President of the Parliament, Laura Borràs, on the verge of trial for allegedly having fragmented contracts when she directed the Institution of Catalan Letters (ILC). Asked about the issue, Vilalta has assured that there has been no change and that ERC will rule on the case “when the time comes”.

Several groups have demanded the resignation of Borràs after the Superior Court of Justice of Catalonia (TSJC) accused her of administrative prevarication, administrative fraud, false commercial documents and continued embezzlement of public funds. The Parliament’s regulations contemplate the suspension of a deputy if an oral trial is opened for causes related to corruption.