Carles Puigdemont plans his return to Spain after Amnesty Law

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Carles Puigdemont, the former president of the Catalan government, is preparing to return to Spain in July, following the expected approval of the amnesty law.

This news was revealed by Jordi Turull, the secretary general of Junts, in an interview with Rac1. Turull also confirmed that Puigdemont will stand as a candidate in the European elections on June 9.

Legal obstacles

Turull, who recently recovered from a heart attack, stated that Judge Pablo Llarena of the Spanish Supreme Court should lift the current precautionary measures within two months of the entry into force of the amnesty law, scheduled for May. “Any judge who wants to make this impossible will be guilty of abuse of power,” Turull said.

An undisputed candidate

Other sources within Junts confirmed Puigdemont’s return once the law was passed. Puigdemont is currently staying in Waterloo (Belgium) to escape Spanish justice. They also confirmed that Puigdemont is the party’s only candidate in the upcoming European elections.

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Tsunami Democràtic and the Amnesty Act

Turull assured that Tsunami Democràtic’s case will be covered by the amnesty law. In this case, Puigdemont and Marta Rovira (ERC) have been identified as terrorism suspects. He is confident that the new law, agreed with PSOE and ERC, will receive the approval of the Constitutional Court. If this is not the case, he warns, we will return to the scenario of “Estatut 2.0”.

Amnesty in exchange for budgets?

Turull said there is an atmosphere that “helps build an agreement.” He was responding to the question about a possible agreement with PSOE on the General State Budget with PSOE in the context of the amnesty law. However, “with budgets, we are starting from scratch,” he pointed out. Recalling that the amnesty was part of an agreement for the investiture of Pedro Sánchez as Prime Minister.

A ‘global reference point’

Minister Félix Bolaños emphasised that the amnesty law will be a “global reference point” and “write history.” He did this before the start of the Justice Commission where the agreed text was approved by PSOE, Junts, and ERC. He did not want to specifically comment on individual cases, such as Puigdemont’s. However, he made it clear that the intention is that “all those involved in the independence process will receive amnesty”.

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