BARCELONA (Reuters) – The Catalan separatist chief hit by the heaviest jail sentence by Spain’s Supreme Court docket for his function within the area’s failed secession bid instructed Reuters a brand new referendum on independence was unavoidable.
FILE PHOTO: Jailed Catalan politician Oriol Junqueras attends the primary session of parliament following a common election in Madrid, Spain, Might 21, 2019. REUTERS/Sergio Perez/Pool -/File Picture
Oriol Junqueras, the Catalan regional authorities’s former deputy chief, stated in emailed solutions to questions that the jail sentences imposed on him and eight others on expenses of sedition solely made them and their motion stronger and extra decided.
The courtroom on Monday slapped the longest jail time period, 13 years, on Junqueras. The convictions sparked protests throughout the area.
“What I’m positive of is that this battle is to be resolved through poll bins … we’re satisfied that eventually a referendum is inevitable as a result of in any other case, how can we give a voice to the residents?” he wrote from jail, including that he didn’t remorse having organized a referendum in 2017.
In his first interview after the sentence, Junqueras instructed Reuters that he and others deliberate to attraction the sentences with the European Court docket of Human Rights in Strasbourg. When requested what message he would give to the independence motion after the sentencing, Junqueras stated:
“That we are going to stick with it and never quit as a result of we by no means have and gained’t do it now. That jail and exile have made us stronger and makes us ever extra satisfied, if that’s doable, in our profoundly democratic beliefs.”
Junqueras’ responses had been transmitted to Reuters by his employees late on Monday.
All defendants had been acquitted of the gravest cost, rise up. Three different defendants had been discovered responsible solely of disobedience and never sentenced to jail.
“I’m positive this sentence won’t weaken the independence motion, fairly the opposite,” he stated.
Catalonia’s independence drive has been a significant problem for Spain for years, attracting worldwide consideration when separatist leaders defied courts and performed a referendum on secession in October 2017 and a subsequent short-lived declaration of independence.
Reporting by Joan Faus in Barcelona; Writing by Andrei Khalip; Modifying by Ingrid Melander and Matthew Lewis