Spanish government approves pardons for Catalan independence leaders

The Spanish government approved this Tuesday the granting of pardons to nine Catalan independence leaders to serve prison terms for their involvement in the attempt of self-determination in that Spanish region in 2017, announced the Spanish prime minister.

“The Council of Ministers has reached an agreement to grant pardons to the nine” independenceists who are in prison, Pedro Sánchez said in an institutional statement after the meeting in which the decision was taken.

Pedro Sánchez defended that, with forgiveness, democracy “shows its greatness today” and appealed to “those who question it to also demonstrate their greatness.” [grandeza]”, an allusion to the Catalan independence movement, which offered a “return to the path that should not have been abandoned”.

For the Spanish Prime Minister, the decision was taken “because it is the best for Catalonia, the best for Spain and the most in keeping with the spirit of harmony and coexistence of the Constitution”.

Pardons are partial: all or part of the imprisonment sentence that is missing will be pardoned, but the disqualification from holding public office remains.

The measure will also be reversible and may be overturned if the pardoned person commits a crime again during a certain period of time.

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