Former Speaker of the Catalan Parliament, Carme Forcadell, has left prison this Monday for the first time in more than 600 days. The former Speaker of the Parliament has granted three days of leave each week for nine hours each day in order to take care of her mother, per article 100.2 of the Spanish constitution.
Forcadell was sentenced to 11 years and six months imprisonment by Spain’s Supreme Court in October 2019 for allowing a pro-independence debate in the Parliament.
In the same vein, former Catalan minister for Labour and Social Affais, Dolors Bassa, was also given permission to take care of an elderly family member for three days a week.
Jailed activist Jordi Cuixart left prison last week using the same article, available to prisoners classified as medium category inmates.
The ex parliament speaker left the penitentiary center shortly before half past nine in the morning. She shared the message of “We persist,” on social media, with a photo of her leaving prison.
As the jailed politicians and activists are all classified as medium category immates this comes with the possibility of applying for leave in certain circumstances.