The great paradox of the history of the procés is that the politician who did not want to declare independence and who was willing to call elections is the one who finds it most difficult to resolve his fate favorably. Carles Puigdemont has decided to risk his power to return to a single card: that European justice agree with him. This week, the General Court of the EU has held two oral hearings on the withdrawal of immunity from the former president (and other Catalan MEPs), which may also mean suspending this shielding that he has, which would bring his extradition closer.
Puigdemont is against repealing the crime of sedition despite the fact that it could benefit him. JxCat is carrying out a campaign to discredit this reform of the Penal Code, arguing that it criminalizes protest. The secretary general of the independence party, Jordi Turull, has confirmed that he will register an amendment to the entirety of this legal change, which is also a way of cornering ERC after scoring the goal of suppressing the crime.
It is not easy to understand the drifts of JxCat in recent times, after losing hegemony in the sovereign universe. In any case, Turull added that they are working on the release of the former president of the Generalitat, without him having to go to jail. In fact, in Waterloo they think that if the General Court of the EU agrees with Puigdemont, he would be willing to take the risk of returning, because he argues that immunity cannot only be for 26 of the 27 EU countries. He would be an ordeal to the theses of the Supreme Court and of the magistrate Pablo Llarena himself, who believes that his arrest could also be ordered if he set foot in Spain.
Puigdemont wants to win the battle against the Spanish state and appear as a hero against the independence movement. The resolution of the court will take place in full debate on the elimination of sedition, which could facilitate his situation, which would not exempt him at least from having to appear before justice. The epilogue of the process can still hold surprises. It is the never ending story.