A local MP has called for a debate on Catalan political prisoners following the start of their trial.
Gavin Newlands, SNP MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, has requested a Parliamentary debate in a question to the Leader of the House of Commons.
Newlands has accused the Spanish State of perpetrating a “Show Trial” of the 18 Catalan political prisoners.
He said: “It is beyond time that the UK Government spoke out against the outrageous violations against international democratic and judicial norms that have been perpetrated by the Spanish state against the Catalan political prisoners.”
The MP is calling for a debate on the importance of an independent judiciary and the democratic principle of self-determination as pillars of the international democratic order.
“I hope that a Parliamentary debate on this issue will help it gain even more international attention and that it will put pressure on the UK Government to act,” the SNP MP said.
The trial started on February 12th, the political prisoners are being accused of rebellion and misuse of public funds, for which they face up to 25 years in prison.
“The UK Government can no longer ignore such blatant violations of these principles so close to home,” Newlands said.
While the rest of the Catalan politicians are on exile, 18 are the ones jailed in the Spanish prisons, including former Vice President of Catalonia Oriol Junqueras, and the Speaker of the Catalan Parliament Carme Forcadell.