Junqueras, Bassa and Romeva (ERC) sue the State before the ECHR for their convictions for 1-O

Rovira rules out returning as Gabriel and remembers that she is wanted for alleged rebellion


The president of the ERC, Oriol Junqueras, and the former ministers Raül Romeva and Dolors Bassa have filed lawsuits before the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) against Spain for their convictions on 1-O for sedition and embezzlement.

Junqueras, Bassa and Romeva explained it at a press conference this Wednesday, accompanied by the lawyers Andreu Van den Eynde and Clara Serra, and also by the ERC General Secretary, Marta Rovira, in a videoconference from Switzerland.

The defenses of the Republican leaders frame their demands in a “political persecution against the independence movement” and argue before the court that their freedom of expression and demonstration and their rights to political representation, among others, were violated.

“This case has been built on the basis of condemning us for crimes that do not exist in the Criminal Code, on the basis of criminalizing the whole of republicanism and republican aspirations and dehumanizing their representatives,” Junqueras criticized.

Asked about the fact that the president of the Generalitat, Pere Aragonès, defended this Wednesday seeking agreements at the dialogue table to “dismantle the repressive structure”, Junqueras has said verbatim that anything that brings justice in the face of injustice is good.

For his part, Romeva has maintained that the sentences against those imprisoned for 1-O were used to dissuade independence supporters, and that is why they approach their cause from a collective point of view: “What has been done has been to judge ideas. You can’t put ideas in jail, but you can put people who have those ideas in jail.”

Bassa has maintained that they have been wanted to “silence” them politically and has recalled that the sentence that condemned her considered it proven that she had opened the schools despite the fact that she was the Minister of Labor and not of Education, for which she believes that the sentences were written in advance.


Rovira has assured that they do not arrive in Strasbourg “empty handed”, but that in parallel to the litigation they have worked politically to obtain support from entities such as the group of arbitrary detentions of the UN and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.

ERC will organize an event on October 11 to publicize all the details about its strategy before the ECHR and about the pronouncements favorable to independence in the international arena, Rovira explained.

Asked if she could return to Spain, as former CUP deputy Anna Gabriel did this week, if the crime of sedition is reformed, Rovira stressed that she has a prison order for alleged rebellion and that, even so, it will not rule on “a change to an article” that it has not seen.


On whether the pardons can have any impact on the assessment of the ECHR, Van den Eynde has recalled that they are appealed and has detailed that, precisely, in the lawsuit they argue “why the status of victim is not lost when” the measure of Grace.

In fact, he has defended, with the appeals against pardons, the courts have “reformed the predictive rules of law” incurring again, in his opinion, in a violation of the principle of legality.

Regarding the resolution times, Serra has stressed that similar cases have been resolved in between two and three years: the lawyers have asked that the case be processed as a priority, taking into account that those pardoned could return to prison if the pardons.


Van den Eynde has pointed out that “by technical logic” the resources of Junqueras, Bassa and Romeva should be combined with those of other leaders who have also gone to Strasbourg, and has explained that although they are in contact with Junts’ lawyers, they believe that the The case of the ERC leaders has its own characteristics.

In the lawsuit, they ask the ECHR to declare the violation of fundamental rights and urge to adopt “general measures” so that they are not repeated, so that penal reforms can be assessed as a way to avoid future violations, he stressed.

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