The Parliament asks the TSJC to reorganize the trial against Jové so that it can go to plenary sessions

The president of the Parliament of Catalonia, Anna Erra (Junts), has come out in defense of the president of the ERC parliamentary group, Josep Maria Jové, before the refusal of the Superior Court of Justice of Catalonia (TSJC) to change the trial dates for the organization of the 1-O referendum in which the republican deputy is on trial together with Lluis Salvadó, the current president of the Port of Barcelona, ​​and the Minister of Culture Natàlia Garriga.

Oliver Thansan
Oliver Thansan
11 March 2024 Monday 16:39
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The Parliament asks the TSJC to reorganize the trial against Jové so that it can go to plenary sessions

The president of the Parliament of Catalonia, Anna Erra (Junts), has come out in defense of the president of the ERC parliamentary group, Josep Maria Jové, before the refusal of the Superior Court of Justice of Catalonia (TSJC) to change the trial dates for the organization of the 1-O referendum in which the republican deputy is on trial together with Lluis Salvadó, the current president of the Port of Barcelona, ​​and the Minister of Culture Natàlia Garriga.

Erra has sent a letter to the president of the TSJC, Jesús María Barrientos, in which he shows his “disagreement” with the decision adopted in an order last February by the Civil and Criminal Chamber of the court, in which they refuse to modify the dates of the oral hearing - scheduled for April 10, 11, 17 and 18 and May 8, 9 and 23 - so that they do not coincide with the plenary sessions of the Parliament that Jové wants to continue attending as a deputy.

The TSJC denied the request of Jové, who appealed so as not to see his right to political participation harmed by considering that the obligation to personally attend the trials prevails over the right to political participation and the Chamber and the prosecutor invited him to delegate his vote. But the president of the Catalan Chamber considers that the court "undervalues" with her decision "the institutional position of the Parliament" and she recalls that the delegation of voting, according to parliamentary regulations, should occur only on an exceptional basis.

In this sense, Erra recalls that Jové is president of a parliamentary group, specifically of the group that supports the Government, so "the resource of voting delegation is not sufficient to properly reconcile the fundamental right to participation and political representation.”

In the letter, the president of the Parliament appeals to the jurisprudence of the Supreme Court, specifically to an interlocutory of January 12, 2018, in which it is concluded that a possible conflict between the right of political representation and another constitutional purpose, such as It can be a criminal trial, “it must be resolved taking into account the consideration of the nature and relevance of all interested parties,” so the objective must be “to find a formula that offers the best conciliation between them,” says Erra. .

It is precisely this conciliation that the president of the Chamber calls for Jové, to “be able to find a satisfactory solution to the problem raised,” she indicates. In any case, Jové's letter responds to the request for protection that the deputy sent to the president of the Parliament.

In this trial, Jové and Salvadó face a request from the Prosecutor's Office for seven and six years and three months in prison respectively, for the crimes of aggravated embezzlement, prevarication and disobedience. For Garriga, the Prosecutor's Office demands one year of disqualification for disobedience.