Jordi Sànchez and Jordi Cuixart have become the first of the jailed independence leaders to be allowed out of prison, after the Catalan government authorized 48 hours leave for them. The two activists were the first to be jailed for his role in the 2017 pro-independence referendum and have now served a quarter of their 9 years sentence.
The Catalan authorities have not disclosed which days Cuixart and Sànchez will take the two days’ leave in order to protect their privacy.
Jordi Sànchez was by that time he was imprisoned the president of the ANC, a grassroots association responsible for the main pro-independence demonstrations and Jordi Cuixart is still leading ‘Òmnium Cultural’, Catalonia’s largest civil association. They were both activists, huge defenders of democracy and charismatic leaders.
The two men are serving 9 years for sedition and were the first of the independence leaders able to apply for prison leave because they were the first to be arrested, in October 2017.
According to the prison regime to which the leaders are subject, they are allowed to apply for up to 36 days leave a year, once a quarter of their sentence has been served.
Applications for leave that is less than two days are authorized by the Catalan justice department, while those for up to seven days require authorization from a special judge.
Tweeting from Lledoners prison shortly after the leave was provisionally granted on Tuesday, Cuixart wrote: “I will continue to apply for all the prisoners’ rights that we have.”
The other jailed leaders will have to wait longer before they can apply for similar privileges, although some are already preparing applications to be allowed out of prison to work.