Lawyer Gonzalo Boye has this Sunday explained the next steps planned in the strategy to enable Carles Puigdemont, Oriol Junqueras and Toni Comín to overcome the vetos from Spain's Supreme Court and Electoral Commission which at present are blocking the three Catalan pro-independence politicians from taking up their elected positions at the European Parliament. "We are very clear where we are going and what we're going to do," said Boye.
In an interview with Barcelona radio station RAC1 (link in Spanish/Catalan), Boye said that the Spanish authorities "are doing just what we expected." "I have the clear feeling that they are working for us," he stated.
He said that his team, working for exiled politicians Puigdemont and Comín, is soon to begin "legal actions" to carry out an "emergency procedure" in order to appeal directly to the Court of Justice of the European Union, located in Luxembourg, which has a "clear criterion" on issues of this type.
At that court, warns Boye, "the idea that they should let the next on the party list take their place is not good enough", recalling that if the pro-independence MEPs are not granted authorization to collect the necessary credentials to take up their elected office, "it would be the first time that the European Parliament has begun its session with fewer MEPs than it is supposed to have".
As for the case of the jailed Oriol Junqueras, Boye says that "he has all the legal capacities and possibilities" but "it is clear that Spain's public prosecutors, the state solicitors and the country's Supreme Court are violating breaking European and Spanish norms". "They are fully aware of what they are doing," he said.