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State prosecutor: everyone must comply with Catalan verdict – ‘whatever it is’

The Spanish state prosecutor has demanded that everyone comply with the eventual verdict from the trial of the Catalan pro-independence jailed leaders – ‘whatever it is’.

In the annual solemn opening event of the judicial year on Monday, and facing King Felipe VI and top Spanish judiciary officials, the prosecutor implicitly addressed the independence camp – the Catalan president Quim Torra has pledged ‘not to accept’ a potential guilty verdict.

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‘We all have the imperative obligation to comply with the verdict,’ said María José Segarra.

María José Segarra giving her speech in the presence of Felipe VI on 9 September 2019. (Screenshot)

During her speech, she also praised the role of the judges in charge of the four-month trial.

‘Facing the extraordinary seriousness of the events being tried, the judiciary’s response has been the serene, firm and rigorous enforcement of the law,’ she said. ‘The trial was held under the broadest standards of transparency, accessibility, and guarantees for the different sides.’

Coinciding with the official event in Madrid, some Supreme Court sources told the press that its president, Manuel Marchena, expects to release the verdict before 16 October.

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