Sunday, June 26

Illa calls for the arrest of Puigdemont, “as provided by law”

Salvador Illa, in a file image.

Salvador Illa, in a file image.

The head of the opposition in Catalonia, Salvador Illa, has defended that the former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont must be detained if he returns to Spain, as “provided by the legislation”, because any measure on those indicted by the procés “has to be within the framework of the rule of law.”

In an interview on radio station RAC1, Illa has assured that pardons will alleviate “the harshest and most negative consequences” of the process from the judicial point of view, but he recalled that everyone “must face the consequences” of their actions.

In this sense, he has distanced himself from the statements of the Minister of Social Rights, Ione Belarra, who has stated that Faced with a possible return of Puigdemont, the answer cannot be “the path of judicialization.”

According to Illa, Belarra “proposes a solution that is unable to detail how it will be done”, after which he has warned that “you cannot leave the rule of law”, so that if those who are fleeing Spanish justice decide to return “the provisions of the legislation must be applied.”

The leader of the PSC has specified that what the law provides is the arrest of Puigdemont, to which he added: “I will never defend anything that violates the rule of law.”

Illa recalled that former councilwoman Meritxell Serret has already returned to Spain, who made herself available to the Supreme Court and was released, prosecuted for the crimes of disobedience and embezzlement, but not for sedition.

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I value people who face the consequences of the decisions they have made. As rulers, some decided to face them by staying here and others decided to leave, Illa has maintained, who has insisted that it is not their intention to “judge” the options of each one.

Regarding the demonstration against the pardons that the right wing has called this Sunday in Plaza Colón in Madrid, Illa has considered it a “serious political error”, because it supposes “to give air to territorial confrontations and positions that always go against and that do not propose anything positive”.

For the socialist leader, the pardons will contribute to “opening a new time” after ten years in which this community “has not progressed from the economic, institutional or coexistence point of view”, which is due to a “collective failure in which the “all” have responsibility.

In that sense, has opted for creating a dialogue table in Catalonia to agree on a “new framework for coexistence”, which could translate into statutory reform, based on improved self-government and increased financial resources, in the context of an “increasingly federal Europe”.

“I want to think that the citizens of Catalonia would give him sufficient support,” he pointed out.

Regarding the possibility that ERC leader Oriol Junqueras is part of the dialogue table with the Pedro Sánchez executive, Illa has asked for a “point of seriousness” and recalled that it was the republican formation itself that “raised a table between governments “.

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