Former Catalan interior minister Quim Forn has arrived back in Catalonia, transferred directly from Soto del Real prison. He was taken into Brians 2 prison at 1:03pm, moved by the Civil Guard following an ruling from the Supreme Court allowing him to attend the opening session of the new Barcelona city council.
He was taken first to the arrivals module, like any other transferred inmate. He'll have an individual cell. Today, he'll see the centre's medical staff and will be able to call his family. The rules also allow him to receive visits.
Tomorrow, Friday, Forn will be taken to Barcelona city hall by the Mossos d'Esquadra (Catalan police) to collect his credentials as a councillor-elect and to provide his documentation for the declaration of assets, like his fellow colleagues on the new council.
On Saturday, the Mossos will take him back to the city hall to take part in the opening session of the new legislature where he'll take his seat on the council for Junts per Catalunya. He'll then have to return to Soto del Real near Madrid. The court, which yesterday adjourned for the judges to consider their verdict, rejected a Catalan government request for him to stay in Catalonia.
The Spanish interior ministry is, however, preparing to transfer all the prisoners back to the prisons they were in in Catalonia: Lledoners, Mas d'Enric and Puig de les Basses. That will happen as soon as presiding judge Manuel Marchena informs them he no longer requires their presence for trial. There is also the option that the court could decide to let them out on bail whilst it considers its verdicts, considered improbable.