Editorial, 8 July 2022
The Minister of Culture and Sports, Miquel Iceta, has considered in statements to RAC1 radio, this Friday, that the former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont and the other pro-independence leaders who went abroad to avoid Spanish justice should return to be tried. And he has added that “then, together, be able to find happy solutions” such as the pardons received by the independentists convicted of the crime of sedition.
Regarding the criminal code, precisely, Iceta has been in favor of revising some crimes, apparently in reference to those of rebellion and sedition, which he believes that due to their historical origin they do not correspond to cases such as that of 2017. He has also interpreted that the reading that now would do the justice of the procés would not be that of the room presided over by Manuel Marchena, who judged the main case in the Supreme Court.
The minister considers that all the leaders of the independence movement should appear before the Spanish justice and “be accountable” for the events of 2017, as did, among others, the former vice president Oriol Junqueras and the former president of the Parliament Carme Forcadell, who were tried and sentenced, and later pardoned by the executive chaired by Pedro Sánchez.