Ska Keller, the co-chair of the Greens/European Free Alliance group in the European Parliament, has called on Spain’s public prosecutor to drop charges of rebellion against Catalan leaders to be tried for organizing a referendum and declaring independence a year ago. “There is no real case for it. We’ve already seen courts in Belgium and in Germany saying that there is no cause to assume that there was rebellion or sedition,” she said on Monday.

Keller visited politicians held in pre-trial jail in Lledoners, in central Catalonia, including former vice president Oriol Junqueras, as well as Jordi Sànchez, one of the most prominent pro-independence activists at the grassroots level last October.

In total, nine people are preemptively imprisoned for their role in the independence bid, some of whom have been in jail for almost a year. All their petitions for freedom while awaiting trial have been rejected. “It’s not understandable why they have to sit in prison while the trial starts,” said Keller. “There will be a trial, they will defend themselves, but why spend so much time in prison before there’s even a trial?”

A member of the (EP) since 2009 for Germany’s Green party, Keller became the party’s frontrunner in the 2014 European election.

Keller was accompanied by two of her colleagues in the Greens/EFA group, Ernest Urtasun and Jordi Solé.

Per a VilaWeb el vostre suport ho és tot

Si podeu llegir VilaWeb és perquè milers de persones en són subscriptors i fan possible que la feina de la redacció arribe a les vostres pantalles.

Vosaltres podeu unir-vos-hi també i fer, amb el vostre compromís, que aquest diari siga més lliure i independent. Perquè és molt difícil de sostenir un esforç editorial del nivell de VilaWeb, únicament amb la publicitat.

Som un mitjà que demostra que el periodisme és un combat diari per millorar la societat i que està disposat sempre a prendre qualsevol risc per a complir aquest objectiu. Amb rigor, amb qualitat i amb passió. Sense reserves.

Per a vosaltres fer-vos subscriptor és un esforç petit, però creieu-nos quan us diem que per a nosaltres el vostre suport ho és tot.

Vicent Partal
Director de VilaWeb