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The Catalan vice-president, Oriol Junqueras, and the imprisoned ministers, Josep Rull, Jordi Turull, Joaquim Forn, Meritxell Borràs, Carles Mundó, Raül Romeva and Dolors Bassa, and the presidents of pro-independence organisations ANC (Catalan National Assembly), Jordi Sánchez, and Òmnium Cultural, Jordi Cuixart, will ask a judge from Spain's Supreme Court, Pablo Llarena, to give them hearings to ask for their release from preventive detention.

The ministers from PDeCAT (Catalan European Democratic Party) and Jordi Sànchez will present their appeal tomorrow to the Supreme Court which is in the process of receiving their case from the National Audience court. Legal sources expect the National Audience's judge Carmen Lamela to send the remaining documentation today.

The defence for the PDeCAT ministers and Sànchez will present a filing asking to appear "solely and exclusively" for the judge to be able to decide whether there are circumstances to justify their preventive detention without bail. They specify that "it's not a voluntary declaration".

The defence for the vice-president and his fellow ERC (Catalan Republican Left) ministers will do similarly in the coming hours.

Jordi Cuixart's lawyer is finalising his request. During this week they will study what form it should take and what to ask for, sources tell El Nacional.

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