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#Spain’s Supreme Court aims to render #Catalan political prisoners defenceless in court
@jcasulleras @VilaWeb_EN

The panel of judges have admitted almost all witnesses and evidence proposed by the Public Prosecutor, the Solicitor General and far-right political party Vox but rejected 50 defence witnesses, some key to their case, a host of expert witnesses and vital pieces of evidence
Rajoy and Sáenz de Santamaría, PM and deputy PM at the time of the referendum, have been accepted as witnesses
Exiled president Puigdemont president and ERC no 2 Rovira will not, considered by the judges to be ‘in rebellion’, ‘incompatible with the obligation to tell the truth"
Witnesses rejected include (I):

Rafael Ribó, Catalan Ombudsman
David Kaye, UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression
Alfred de Zayas, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
Michel Forst, the UN Special Rapporteur on situation of human rights defenders

Witnesses rejected include (II):

Nils Muizenieks, the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe
Kartik Raj, the author of the Human Rights Watch report on violence perpetrated by the Spanish police on 1 October

Witnesses rejected include (III):

Jody Williams and Ahmed Galai,
Nobel laureates who endorsed the Let Catalans Vote campaign
Noam Chomsky, linguist
Richard Sennett, sociologist
Paul Preston, historian

‘Their opinions are superfluous’

Evidence rejected includes (I)

Report by Scotland Yard expert, Hugh Orde with four decades of experience with the Metropolitan Police and the Police Service of Northern Ireland
Report by Duncan McCausland, life member of the Association of Chief Police Officers

Any evidence and expert witnesses which could serve to independently verify the violation of rights, the freedom of expression, the right to protest, the right to political participation and so on, have been rejected

Any evidence aimed at proving the political contamination of the Supreme Court, failings in the separation of powers or any lack of impartiality on behalf of the public authorities has also been blocked

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