EU Strips Former Catalan Premier of Immunity

The European Parliament has voted to void the immunity of former premier of Spain Catalonia region, Carles Puigdemont and two other Catalan politicians.

The 248 European lawmakers have favored to lift Puigdemont’s parliamentary immunity while 45 abstained. 

Out of 404 EU lawmakers, 247 also voted to lift the parliamentary immunity of two Catalan politicians, Antoni Comin and Clara Ponsati.

The voting was held on Monday but the result was made public on Tuesday.

Spanish Foreign Minister Arancha Gonzalez Laya said that the vote ensured “immunity in the European Parliament cannot be used to shield parliamentarians from appearing in front of national courts.” 

Laya added in a statement that the vote showed “respect for the Spanish justice system” and that the problems in Catalonia are solved in Spain, not in Europe.

Puigdemont, however, said that the decision was “a clear case of political persecution.”

“We have lost our immunity but the European Parliament has lost something more: European democracy,” he added.

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