Former VP Oriol Junqueras has left prison for the first time to teach at a nearby campus belonging to Vic University. Under the terms of this temporary leave he will work for six hours a day, three days a week. Junqueras, doctor in History of Economics and former professor at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, was sentenced to 13 years in prison for allowing the citizens to vote on the 1-O referendum.
The former Catalan minister for Foreign Affairs, Raül Romeva, was also granted permission under the article 100.2. He will work three days a week for a private body, evaluating the progress made in the 25 years since the Dayton Peace Accords ended the Bosnian War.
Throughout the 1990s, Romeva promoted initiatives to support refugees in Croatia, served as Deputy Director of the UNESCO Office in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and acted as an official observer in elections there. He has also written two books and a novel based on his experiences during the Bosnian War.
Meanwhile, former Catalan minister for Home Affairs, Quim Forn, began working five days a week in the legal department of the Mediapro audiovisual production company.
Former Catalan Government’s Spokesman, Jordi Turull ,and former territory minister Josep Rull are the only two jailed leaders who have not applied for leave, but are expected to do so soon.