Picture by Maria Fernández (CNA)

King Felipe and the Catalan and Spanish presidents at the time of the October 1, 2017 referendum, Carles Puigdemont and Mariano Rajoy, are among the witnesses named for the upcoming trial against the independence case.

Three political prisoners, Jordi Sànchez, Josep Rull, and Jordi Turull, requested their presence in the Supreme Court, and it is now up to the judges to accept or reject these proposals.

This is part of the statement of defense of these prosecuted leaders, all of whom are members of the pro-independence Junts per Catalunya group in the Catalan Parliament.

Pacifists and democrats

Other officials in pre-trial prison have also issued their statement of defense, including former vice president Oriol Junqueras and former minister Raül Romeva, who state they are “pacifists and democrats.” They both request their acquittal.

Another individual who will face a trial, activist Jordi Cuixart, denounces in his statement of defense the “suspension of civil, political and democratic rights” in Spain in order to “protect Spain’s territorial unity.”