19th February 2020
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Catalan president Quim Torra barred from public office for 18 months

Catalonia’s High Court of Justice has barred Catalan president Quim Torra from public office for 18 months and also fined him 30,000 euros for disobedience.

The disobedience is failing to remove signs in time that were in favour of the jailed Catalan leaders from the Catalan government’s headquarters during the electoral campaign, as ordered by Spain’s electoral authority (JEC).

Quim Torra in court
Catalan President Quim Torra, with his wife and lawyers, before entering court on 15 May 2019 (Pol Solà / via ACN)

Whilst the court on Thursday has made its ruling, Torra can still appeal the decision at the Spanish Supreme Court, the one which tried the 2017 referendum leaders.

ALSO READ: Torra removes ribbons, criticises violation of civil rights

If Torra does not challenge the decision, however, he will be automatically removed from power in the coming days. It is expected that he will appeal the decision.

ALSO READ: Pedro Sánchez finally speaks to Quim Torra again – by telephone

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