A judge from Spain's Supreme Court, Pablo Llarena Conde, has summoned the speaker of the Catalan Parliament, Carme Forcadell, and five other members of the Parliament's Board to declare on 2nd and 3rd November from 9:30am in the cases for rebellion and other charges presented against them all yesterday by the Public Prosecutor.
In an order written just after the lawsuit was accepted into consideration, the instructing judge reminds the deputies that they are summoned as suspects and have to appear with a lawyer.
From now, all the cases already open against the Board in the Supreme Court of Justice of Catalonia move to Madrid, to the Supreme Court, as the Public Prosecutor has asked and as accepted by the court today when admitting the lawsuit for consideration.
The six suspects are summoned for Thursday and Friday of this week. Forcadell will go to Madrid accompanied by the president of the parliamentary group of Junts pel Sí (Together for Yes), Lluís Maria Corominas, and the other members of the Board from the same party, Anna Simó, Lluís Guinó and Ramona Barrufet. All of them are members of the body's Standing Committee and, as such, enjoy parliamentary privilege. Also charged is Joan Josep Nuet, also on the Board, from Catalunya Sí que es Pot (Catalonia Yes We Can).
It remains to be seen what course the court will take. In the cases against Jordi Sànchez, Jordi Cuixart, Josep Lluís Trapero and Teresa Laplana, they considered petitions for cautionary measures immediately after each declaration. The Supreme Court can therefore decide to do the same this time or, alternatively, wait until Friday after all six have declared to decide whether to impose provisional imprisonment or other cautionary measures, depending on the request of the Public Prosecutor.