The Vice President of the Government and Minister of Digital Policies and Territory, Jordi Puigneró, and the Minister of External Action and Transparency, Victoria Alsina, have demanded this Monday to the Government the liberation of the prisoners and the withdrawal of the Euro-orders after the Council of Europe (CoE) has approved the report that includes these demands. "Europe sends today a clear message to Spain: liberate the prisoners, withdraw the Euro-orders and stop the persecution of political representatives and public servants", said Puigneró in a press conference from Brussels. The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has approved this afternoon, with 70 votes in favor, 28 against and 12 abstentions, the report entitled "Politicians should be prosecuted for statements made during the exercise of their mandate?" , drafted by Latvian Socialist MEP Boriss Cilevičs on the need to grant greater protection to freedom of expression and assembly of political leaders in Turkey and Spain. the rapporteur of the report has conducted a year and a half of research on the ground in Madrid and Catalonia to gather information on the situation of political prisoners. the assembly that voted on the resolution, which also includes the case of the persecution of politicians of the Kurdish people in Turkey, consists of 324 representatives of 47 European states.
In a conjoined appearance from the Government Delegation to the European Union, Vice President Puigneró described the approval of the report as a "political victory" that adds to the "judicial victories" of the various pronouncements of international justice regarding the cases of Carles Puigdemont, Toni Comín, Lluís Puig and Clara Ponsatí. "The ruling speaks of total freedom, neither partial nor reversible, and the end of the persecution of exiles", he stressed. For Puigneró, by approving this report the Council of Europe "tells to Spain that it must apply an amnesty" and has called on the Spanish President, Pedro Sánchez, to reflect "how he intends to respond to the CoE's recommendations". "It starts by prohibiting people from being able to vote and ends up together with Turkey in a report on human rights", affirmed the vice-president. For her part, the Councilor for External Action and Transparency, Victoria Alsina, has assured that "the high judiciary is dragging Spain into international isolation". According to Alsina, today's decision is "a new victory for Europe and a great defeat for the Supreme Court and the Court of Auditors".