I woke many times through the night, but had no problems getting back to sleep. The last time I woke up it was 5:42 and I waited until 6 to get up - also at 6 we tapped on our cell walls [to wake each other up without alarm clocks]. Oriol and Josep are certainly awake as well.
The suit trousers are a little bigger on me than I thought. I've lost weight. I hope it doesn't show. The tie not... it had been so long since I'd tied a knot in a tie!
The suit trousers are a little bigger on me than I thought. I've lost weight. I hope it doesn't show
I put my minister's badge on my jacket lapel, inside I tell myself: Right, come on!
I had a coffee that I'd made yesterday, cold, but coffee. Without coffee in the morning I'm nobody.
At 6:30 I'm already ready. I take the opportunity to write these lines and kill time.
At 6:45 we were all down in the cell block. We went to the entry block. There there were half a dozen Civil Guard officers. They offered us coffee with milk, a croissant. Today's breakfast in the prison. Nobody took the coffee for fear of travel sickness on the journey. The croissant, I think we all ate.
The Civil Guard officers introduced themselves and said they'd be the same every day. The one who spoke with me was very friendly.
They took us in two vans. In one, Raül, Quim, Cuixart and myself. In the other, Oriol, Sànchez and Rull. We made the journey without handcuffs. At 7:20 we left the prison. During the journey I've got my eyes closed almost the whole time, lots of silence, I don't know if it was without thinking. But great silence and the vans had their sirens on a long while to make their way. At 8:07 we arrived at the National Audience court.
They didn't handcuff us. They gave us our folders with our papers in a bag and they searched us again.
They told us that from there to the Supreme Court they did have to handcuff us. They searched us again. They'll take us to the Supreme Court in three trips. First left Quim, Josep, Oriol and Raül. We three Jordis waited.
While we were waiting for the van to arrive for the journey, Carme and Dolors arrived. We hugged each other. They called us, we three Jordis left the National Audience towards the Supreme Court. In the end, they didn't handcuff us to go in the van. Quim, Josep, Oriol and Raül they did.
In the end, they didn't handcuff us to go in the van. Quim, Josep, Oriol and Raül they did
Unlike the other occasions, this time we don't have our backs to the driver in the van but on seats facing forwards.
In the Supreme Court, we all met in a very large room. It seems to be where we'll have lunch.
At 9:05, we were all already in the room. Carme and Dolors tells us how they are at [Alcalá] Meco. They seem very well. I think we were all very eager for this moment to arrive.
I think we were all very eager for this moment to arrive
In the room there are four police officers watching us. So far everyone's treatment of me has been very correct. There's no complaint. That, however, cannot in any way whitewash the difficulties entailed by confronting such a trial from prison. The enormous limitations, transfers, etc. That thing about "equality of parties" as a guarantee of all legal processes went to a better place some time ago in our case and this process.
The room we're in is presided over by a large portrait of Alfonso XIII... Very symptomatic. It's the only painting there is.
Everyone is in huddles, talking. Sànchez is looking at papers. Quim is writing, like me.
Towards 9:30 our lawyers came in too. There's a moving atmosphere of a reunion. It's been a long time since there were so many of us and so together. A meeting which perhaps a few years ago I wouldn't have valued too much is now something very impactful.
A meeting which perhaps a few years ago I wouldn't have valued too much is now something very impactful
There's also a lot of doubts. The most repeated question: Do we know the order of the testimonies? And when it might be my turn to testify? In recent days and today we've asked it dozens of times.
They've introduced a court doctor to us for any need. I see it's all attention today. Nothing, I insist, can sort out or whitewash the vices and defects in the investigation. It's the fact of facing the trial from prison. Staying in prison during a trial which will last a long time.
At 10:10 we left to go up to the room where the trial will be held. It affected me a lot less than I thought. That court we've seen so many times on the TV was now in front of us. I don't know what order we'll be sitting in. After us, our relatives came in. Laura, Marta, Blanca and I blew kisses to each other. Now I'm not nervous at all and now it all begins.
Now I'm not nervous at all and now it all begins
It's 10:22 and now it's time for me to listen and stop writing.