Friday, January 21

Prosecutor’s Office asks the CUP deputy who did not respond to Vox in the Supreme Court for six months in jail

Six months in jail for refusing to respond to Vox in the trial of the procés. It is the penalty requested by the Prosecutor’s Office against the CUP deputy in Parliament Eulàlia Reguant and the former deputy Antonio Baños. The trial will be held in the Supreme Court, the same court before which the events occurred.

The events date back to January 27, 2019, when Reguant and Baños were summoned to testify as witnesses in the trial of the procés in the Supreme Court, and they refused to answer the questions of the far-right party Vox, which exercised the popular accusation of the case.

The Supreme Court fined both witnesses 2,500 euros, since the law only allows the accused not to have to testify to either party. On the other hand, the witnesses are obliged to respond to all the accusations and the defenses, remembered the magistrate Manuel Marchena. But Reguant and Baños refused, even assuming the consequences of it, so as not to whitewash the extreme right.

After the refusal to testify, the Supreme Court initiated the sanctioning process against both witnesses and referred the case to the courts of Madrid, which, once instructed, was transferred again to the Supreme Court. The Prosecutor’s Office considers the facts a crime of serious disobedience due to the “reluctant attitude” of Reguant and Baños to respond to Vox.

Reguant, for his part, announced this Monday that he will present two briefs, one in which he asks for free acquittal and the other the annulment of the case because he considers that neither the investigating court number 10 of Madrid nor the provincial prosecutor’s office were competent to instruct the cause, to be measured for being a deputy in Parliament.

As Reguant explained this Monday, the refusal to answer Vox’s questions was the result of “a collective decision” not to accept the presence of a far-right organization as a popular accusation in the trial.

“Vox proved to be one more gear in the state’s repression against the independence movement, and it cannot be understood as a simple anomaly of the Spanish judiciary,” Reguant stated. The presence of the extreme right in the trial of the procés, he added, “has its roots” in sectors of the Franco regime that are “entrenched in structures of state power that were never purged” and that include “the Spanish judiciary.”