Oriol Junqueras in 2016

Spain’s Supreme Court has rejected suspending the electoral board’s decision to veto jailed pro-independence leader Oriol Junqueras as an MEP, as had been requested by the politician’s defense team.

The parliamentary immunity of Junqueras, who was elected MEP, was confirmed by the European Court of Justice on December 19, despite the fact that it had been denied by Spanish authorities following the May 26, 2019 European election.

While the Supreme Court still has to decide how to interpret the Luxembourg judges’ decision, Spain’s electoral authority decided to veto him as MEP a few days ago.

Spain’s electoral authority is in charge of officially confirming who obtains seats after an election, although the Supreme Court is Spain’s top judicial institution.

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