The three agents of the Mossos d’Esquadra assaulted in the protests around the prison of Lledoners on February 1, 2019, the day of the transfer of the prisoners of the procés to the Supreme Court, have recognized before the judge that they did not see who their aggressors were. For those facts sat this Tuesday to the dock of the accused nine pro-independence activists, known as the ‘9 of Lledoners’, to whom the Prosecutor’s Office asks for up to seven years in prison.
The mossos have also admitted that they saw the defendants mounting the barricades that cut that morning the C-55 road. Only one of the policemen has acknowledged having identified three of the activists judged, but before the facts, for “disrespecting” the agents.
The ‘9 of Lledoners’ face up to seven years in prison for those events, for crimes of public disorder, assault and battery. In addition to the prison request of the Prosecutor’s Office, the Generalitat asks for 15 months in prison for three of them. The trial, which is held in the court of Manresa, has started on Tuesday with the testimony of witnesses and Wednesday will be the turn of the defendants. Dozens of people have gathered at the gates of the court to support the defendants.
Eva Pous, lawyer for Alerta Solidaria, described the trial as “the umpteenth attempt by the prosecution, the Mossos and the Generalitat to criminalize the mobilizations”. “We only hope for the free acquittal of all the defendants”, she claimed.
Pous has valued very negatively that the Generalitat exerts of particular accusation: “Neither of the two formations, neither Junts per Catalunya nor ERC, have done what we understood that they should do, which is to withdraw the accusations”. In addition, the lawyer has criticized that, apart from attacking the authority, they are also accused of public crimes.
On the other hand, the lawyer also regretted the role of the prosecution, which has been described as “questionable and punishable”. In this sense, Pous has said that the prosecution asks them the maximum penalties “to force the defendants to end up recognizing a few wrongdoing.The public prosecutor’s office is only seeking to “criminalize the demonstrations and seek unjustified convictions. For all these reasons, he believes, the Public Prosecutor’s Office is only seeking to “criminalize the demonstrations and seek unjustified convictions.