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Jordi Turull and Josep Rull, the only two of the Catalan pro-independence political prisoners who had not yet been granted a permission under article 100.2, which allows them to leave prison to go to work, will be able to do so in the coming days. The treatment board in the central Catalonia jail of Lledoners has approved their applications today.

They will both be able to leave the centre to work, five days a week, for 12 hours a day.

Oriol Junqueras and Raül Romeva started their professional activity under article 100.2 of the prison regulations this week. Meanwhile, Jordi Cuixart and Joaquim Forn have already been working outside the prison under the same regime for some weeks, while Jordi Sànchez, is undertaking volunteer work, and Dolors Bassa and Carme Forcadell leave prison daily to care for elderly family members.

All nine of them will return to their prison cells every night.

The nine are serving sentences of between nine and thirteen years, for sedition, with an addition conviction for misuse of public funds in the case of Junqueras, Rull, Bassa and Romeva, for their parts in the Catalan independence referendum and related events in autumn 2017.     

Hundreds of prison inmates every year in Catalonia receive the same permission to work or volunteer outside the prison while serving their sentences.

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