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TWO YEARS DISQUALIFICATION FOR FORMER PRESIDENT OF CATALONIA

The Superior Court of Justice of Catalonia (TSJC) has condemned two years disqualification and a fine of 36,500 euros to former Catalan president Artur Mas for a crime of disobedience, by maintaining the independence consultation on November 9 (9N) after its suspension by the Constitutional Court (TC).

 


In its ruling, which was read today in the TSJC room, the Catalan High Court also condemned former vice president Joana Ortega to one year and nine months disqualification from holding public office and one year and a half disqualification from the former consellera of Education, Irene Rigau, both as necessary cooperators in a crime of disobedience.

In a unanimous decision, the court has agreed to acquit Mas of the crime of prevarication in the independence consultation on November 9, by which the Prosecutor’s Office asked him for eight years disqualification.

In addition to the penalties for disqualification, the court has imposed a fine of 36,500 Euros on the ex-president of the Generalitat, and another two fines of 30,000 and 24,000 Euros, respectively, on the exconsecutors Ortega and Rigau, who, like Mas, have been acquitted of the crime of prevarication.

The court has also condemned the three defendants to pay half of the judicial costs resulting from the open cause as a result of the independence consultation and despite being summoned, none of the three defendants has attended the room of the TSJC where at 13 , 00 hours today the president of the Catalonian High Court, Jesús María Barrientos, read the ruling.

Former President of Catalonia, Artur Mas, appeared at a press conference after hearing the ruling and announced that he will appeal to the Spanish Supreme Court and even “the last European instances”, in addition to stating that “regrets nothing” and would organize 9N again.

Mas appeared before media together with another two sentenced, the current president of Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont, the spokesman for the Congress, Francesc Homs, and another leaders of his party.

All of them showed a plaque on the lapel with the motto “Ho tornaria a fer” (I would do it again).
The former president Mas affirmed that in the State “people are persecuted and fought over land, sea and air for their ideas”.

The former president of Catalonia made a comparison between the possibilities of repeating a referendum in Scotland and the Catalonian case and called for “firmness and determination” to the sovereign, because despite having a sentence that is not yet firm, are not “on their knees” but “standing” before the State, he said.

Barcelona (Spain), March 13, 2017, EFE/Practica Español


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Question 1
La noticia trata...
A
Del inicio de un juicio contra un expresidente de Cataluña.
B
Del fallo de un tribunal de justicia.
C
De la posible imputación de un expresidente de Cataluña.
Question 2
En el texto se dice que Mas...
A
No desobedeció a ningún tribunal.
B
Organizó un referendo sobre la independencia de Cataluña respetando la ley.
C
Organizó una consulta ilegal sobre la independencia de Cataluña.
Question 3
Mas fue absuelto de todos los delitos que se le imputaban.
A
No se sabe.
B
Verdadero.
C
Falso.
Question 4
A Mas le pesa haber mantenido el referendo del 9N.
A
No se sabe.
B
Verdadero.
C
Falso.
Question 5
¿Por qué se le conoce a ese referendo como '9N'?
A
Porque son las siglas del partido de Mas.
B
Porque ese referendo contenía 9 preguntas.
C
Porque se realizó el 9 de noviembre.
Question 6
Mas no podrá desempeñar ningún cargo público durante 2 años.
A
No se sabe.
B
Falso.
C
Verdadero.
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