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Parliamentary questions
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5 December 2018
Question for written answer E-006127-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Jordi Solé (Verts/ALE) , Josep-Maria Terricabras (Verts/ALE) , Ana Miranda (Verts/ALE) , Izaskun Bilbao Barandica (ALDE) , Tania González Peñas (GUE/NGL) , Estefanía Torres Martínez (GUE/NGL) , Miguel Urbán Crespo (GUE/NGL)

 Subject:  Partido Popular's attempt to manipulate the 1 October trial
 Answer in writing 

Spanish newspaper El Español(1) has revealed that the spokesperson for the Partido Popular in the Spanish Senate, Ignacio Cosidó, assured fellow senators in a WhatsApp message that they would manipulate the trial of the Catalan leaders who organised the 1 October referendum on Catalonian independence ‘from behind the scenes’.

Cosidó revealed that an agreement had been struck between the PP and PSOE to reconfigure the General Council of the Judiciary so as to ‘control the second chamber from behind the scenes and preside over chamber 61’. The second chamber has sole competence to put deputies, senators and government members on trial, while chamber 61 has the power to declare a political party illegal.

The professional association Juezas y Jueces para la Democracia(2) (Judges for Democracy) has said that these comments ‘run a coach and horses through any notions of judicial impartiality in this trial’.

The spokesperson’s comments highlight the fact that there is no separation of powers in Spain and the General Council of the Judiciary’s pandering to political interests. They also show that the rule of law is not fully guaranteed in Spain.

Does the Commission therefore believe that Spain’s judiciary is truly independent?

What steps is the Commission going to take to ensure that those who stand accused in the 1 October trial will have a fair trial?


Original language of question: ES 
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