Jordi Turull

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Jordi Turull
Jordi Turull 2014 (cropped).jpg
Counselor and Spokesperson of the Presidency
In office
14 July 2017 – 28 October 2017
Preceded byNeus Munté
Succeeded byElsa Artadi
(Direct rule until 2 June 2018)
MP of Parliament of Catalonia
for the Province of Barcelona
In office
2 April 2004 – 10 July 2018 (suspended)
Personal details
Born
Jordi Turull i Negre

(1966-09-06) 6 September 1966 (age 52)
Parets, Catalonia, Spain
Political partyPDeCAT
Alma materAutonomous University of Barcelona
Occupationpolitician

Jordi Turull i Negre (born 6 September 1966) is a Spanish politician associated with the Catalan European Democratic Party (PDeCAT). Since March 2018 he has been in custody by order of the Supreme Court of Spain and accused of sedition and rebellion.[1] On July 10, 2018 a Supreme Court judge suspended him as a deputy in the Catalan parliament.[2]

Since December 1st, 2018 he and Jordi Sánchez are on a hunger strike in protest against Spanish justice.

Life and career[edit]

Turull was born in Parets del Vallès, Spain. With a degree in law, he joined the Nationalist Youth of Catalonia in 1983 and Convergència Democràtica (CDC) in 1987. He was a councilor in the City Council of Parets del Vallès in 1987–2003, and headed the Convergència i Unió (CiU) list in the municipal elections of 1991, 1995 and 1999. He was a member of the Diputació de Barcelona in 1991–1996 and general director of the Catalan Institute of Volunteering between 1996–2000. He was the Regional President of CDC del Vallès Oriental in 2000–2004 and president of the CDC regional federation of Barcelona. He has also been an associate professor at the Autonomous University of Barcelona.

Deputy in the Catalan Parliament since 2004, in 2010 he became spokesperson for the Convergència i Unió group in the Parliament of Catalonia and in March 2013 he was appointed as group president. He presided the research commission on the Fiscal Pact of the Parliament of Catalonia.

After the 2015 elections to the Parliament of Catalonia, he was elected president of the Junts pel Sí coalition. He held the position until July 14, 2017, when President Carles Puigdemont chose him as Councilor for Presidency and Government spokesman.

Constitutional crisis, candidate to President of Catalonia and prison[edit]

On October 27, 2017 after the Parliament of Catalonia proclaimed the Catalan Republic, the Spanish Senate approved the measures proposed by the Spanish executive pursuant to Article 155 of the Spanish Constitution of 1978, including the dismissal of the President of the Generalitat of Catalonia and the entire executive, including Jordi Turull.

On November 2, 2017, eight members of the Catalan Government, including Jordi Turull, Oriol Junqueras, Josep Rull, Meritxell Borràs, Carles Mundó, Raül Romeva, Dolors Bassa, Joaquim Forn and ex-minister Santi Vila, gave testinony before the Spanish Audiencia Nacional general court. The prosecutor, Miguel Ángel Carballo, requested unconditional jail for all members of the Catalan Government, including Jordi Turull, which was subsequently decreed by the magistrate, Carmen Lamela. On December 4, Turull was released on bail after his case passed to the Supreme Court.[3][4]

On December 21, Turull was re-elected to the Parliament with the list of Junts per Catalunya in new elections. After the failed attempts to propose Carles Puigdemont or Jordi Sànchez for the presidency, on March 21, 2018, Turull was proposed for president. The investiture took place on March 22, 2018, and the parliamentarians rejected Turull's candidacy for president of the Generalitat with 65 votes against, 64 in favor and 4 abstentions.[5]

One day later, on March 23, 2018, the magistrate of the Spanish High Court, Tribunal Supremo, Pablo Llarena sent him back to prison, together with the former president of Parliament Carme Forcadell and the ministers Raül Romeva, Josep Rull and Dolors Bassa. Llarena argued for unconditional provisional bail after considering that was a risk of flight and reiteration of the crimes for which they were prosecuted.[6]

On December 1, 2018, Turull and Jordi Sànchez started a hunger strike in order to 'raise awareness' of unfair treatment by Spain and to denounce that Spanish courts are refusing to process numerous appeals in relation to their cases.[7][8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jones, Sam (2018-03-23). "Spanish court remands Catalan presidential candidate in custody". the Guardian. Retrieved 2018-03-25.
  2. ^ Llarena cierra el sumario del ‘procés’ y suspende como diputados a Puigdemont y Junqueras Published by El País, July 10, 2018, retrieved July 10, 2018
  3. ^ "La jutge envia a presó mig Govern i veu el Procés com un pla delictiu". Ara.cat (in Catalan). Retrieved 2018-03-25.
  4. ^ "Rull, Turull, Romeva i Mundó surten de la presó d'Estremera". ElNacional.cat. Retrieved 2018-03-25.
  5. ^ 324cat. "Torrent convoca el ple d'investidura de Turull per a les cinc de la tarda". http://www.ccma.cat (in Catalan). Retrieved 2018-03-25. External link in |work= (help)
  6. ^ "El juez Llarena manda a prisión a Turull, Forcadell, Bassa, Rull y Romeva por riesgo de fuga". ELMUNDO (in Spanish). Retrieved 2018-03-25.
  7. ^ "Jailed Catalan separatist leaders start hunger strike". Reuters. December 1, 2018. Retrieved December 1, 2018.
  8. ^ "Two jailed Catalan separatist leaders begin hunger strike". Al-Jazeera. December 1, 2018. Retrieved December 1, 2018.