Catalan separatist stripped of EP seat

epa08094843 ERC's former leader Oriol Junqueras (R) takes oath of his Parliamentary seat in the Lower House during the constitutive session of Parliament in Madrid, Spain, last 21 May 2019. State Laws department has asked the Supreme Court to permit Junqueras take his post in the European Parlament despite he is currently in prision. EPA-EFE/Ballesteros

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Jailed Catalan separatist leader Oriol Junqueras is to be stripped of his seat in the European Parliament, the assembly’s president said Friday.

David Sassoli said in a statement that Junqueras’ mandate would be terminated as of January 3. His announcement came a day after Spain’s Supreme Court ruled that Junqueras, a former vice president of Catalonia and leader of the Catalan Republican Left party, does not have immunity despite having been elected to the European institution.

The decision meant that Junqueras cannot travel to Strasbourg to take his seat in the Parliament.


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