The Council of Ministers has already granted partial pardons to the nine independence leaders imprisoned since November 2017 for the you process. A political decision to which the Government has given the greatest entity and which it has been explaining for weeks. The president has subsequently appeared on the steps of Moncloa to give the main reasons that have led him to pardon Oriol Junqueras, five former councilors, the former president of the Parliament and the leaders of Òmnium and ANC in an institutional statement without questions that has barely lasted five minutes. All of them are political issues, as he has made clear as soon as he begins by ensuring that the Government “does not call into question” the Supreme Court ruling. “We have made this decision because it is the best for Catalonia, the best for Spain and the most consistent with the spirit of harmony and coexistence of the Constitution,” said Sánchez.
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The search for a solution to the political conflict in Catalonia is the main reason that Sánchez finds for granting the grace measure that will mean the immediate release of the independence leaders, although the penalty of disqualification is maintained for their convictions for sedition and embezzlement, and the pardon can be reversed if they re-offend within a period of between three and six years, depending on each convicted person. In the nine files, one for each pardoned, the Government uses the public utility as one of the reasons for the governmental pardon for the improvement of coexistence in a united Spain and is based largely on the current normalization of relations between the Government and the Generalitat in recent months, a radical change with respect to 2017. They also consider that rejecting the pardon would deepen the fracture.
“The reasons of public utility that motivate this decision have to do with the need to reestablish coexistence and harmony within Catalan society and in Spanish society as a whole,” the president reiterated. Sánchez is convinced that getting the nine independence leaders out of prison goes beyond the personal question of each one of them and that it will be a message of concord for thousands of Catalans who sympathize with his ideas and who disagreed with his imprisonment.
As he has done in previous days, Sánchez has acknowledged that the pardons will not change the “ideas” of the independentistas and that he does not expect it either, but he has been sure that they do open a new horizon. “On this day we look to the future with more optimism. Today, with this action, we want to open a new stage of dialogue of reunion, and close one of division and confrontation,” he said.