Left Menu
Development News Edition

MEPs weigh Spain's request to lift Catalan separatists' immunity

PTI | Strasbourg | Updated: 16-01-2020 15:35 IST | Created: 16-01-2020 15:32 IST
MEPs weigh Spain's request to lift Catalan separatists' immunity
Representative image Image Credit: Wikipedia

The European Parliament began on Thursday debating a Spanish request to lift the immunity of two Catalan separatist MEPs wanted by Madrid. "This request has been submitted to the JURI (legal affairs) committee" to examine the request against the two Catalan lawmakers, Carles Puigdemont and Toni Comin, said Ewa Kopacz, one of the parliament's vice presidents.

The process could last for months. Puigdemont, the former leader of the separatist movement of Spain's Catalonia regions that includes Barcelona, has been living in self-exile in Belgium to escape a Spanish arrest warrant over his organization of a banned 2017 referendum on independence.

He took up his European Parliament seat on Monday under a European Court of Justice ruling last month that decided that his and Comin's immunity as MEPs kicked in on their election last May. That judgment applied also to another elected Catalan ally, Oriol Junqueras, who was detained in Spain and convicted in October, and who is now serving a 13-year jail sentence.

The European Parliament removed Junqueras's mandate in line with a later ruling from Spain's Supreme Court, leaving him in jail. The legislature often receives requests to lift MEPs' immunity from prosecution. It does not always agree to them but does accede in the majority of cases.

Whatever decision the parliament's legal affairs committee ends up making will be subject to a vote by the entire assembly for final approval.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)


TRENDING

OPINION / BLOG / INTERVIEW

China: A savior for emerging markets or a poison pill?

... ...

Future of Urban Planning: Artificial Intelligence guiding the way

Advances in emerging technologies like Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning can help us understand our cities better and derive useful insights from real-time data collected through automated models....

Videos

Latest News

Manoj Tiwari to start donation drive for Ram temple in Ayodhya

North East Delhi BJP MP Manoj Tiwari will take out a Rath Yatra to collect contributions from all all sections of society, including minority community members in his constituency hit by communal violence last year, for construction of Ram ...

Shivamogga Blast: H D Kumaraswamy expresses condolences, seeks strict action

Former Chief Minister of Karnataka, H D Kumaraswamy on Friday expressed his condolences towards the kin of those who were killed in the Shivamogga Blast and has urged the state government to take strict action. In a series of tweets, H D Ku...

Indian Bank Q3 profit more than doubles to Rs 514 crore

State-owned Indian Bank on Friday reported more than doubling of its profit at Rs 514.28 crore for the third quarter ended December 2020.The banks profit in the year-ago period stood at Rs 247.16 crore.Total income during the quarter under ...

European stocks fall on travel curbs, weak business activity data

European stocks fell on Friday, reversing almost all of its weekly gains after data showed euro zone business activity shrank in January as renewed coronavirus lockdowns to control the pandemic shuttered many businesses.The pan-European STO...

Give Feedback