The Spanish general prosecutor, María José Segarra, sustains there’s no need for international observers to follow the referendum trial from inside the Supreme Court, where it will be held. “It is televised live, we cannot offer anything else” she said on Monday.
“A trial taking place within Spain’s judiciary, which is absolutely respectful towards the guarantees of everyone and that offers a live broadcast, it’s hard to offer more transparency than that” she added. The defendants have requested for the court to allow five spots in the courtroom for international observers.
Several human rights organizations have requested to observe the sessions, including Amnesty International and International Trial Watch, including professors, jurists, and human rights experts.
Segarra also backed the initiative by the Spanish government to “counteract the pro-independence misinformation” in the trial through España Global, the executive’s office to promote Spain around the world.
“It’s obvious that in a trial with so much expectation, there will be a lot of information and misinformation, and the prosecutor’s office will explain and try to be clear so that everyone understands stances taken” she said.
Pro-independence Esquerra Republicana has requested the head of España Global office speak in Congress to explain the campaign to fight supposed ‘fake news’ during the trial. Irene Lozano, in charge of España Global, said this initiative aims to fight “attacks” against Spain’s reputation.