The investigating judge in the “trials” case, Pablo Larena, has ordered the termination of the summary concerning former Minister of the Ministry and European Parliamentarian Clara Ponsati, to whom he attributes an alleged crime of insubordination.
The judge notes that once the necessary procedures have been carried out, further investigation is not considered necessary, and it is appropriate to complete the summary relating thereto, and to send a certificate of the case to the Chamber, to indicate the trial.
In the car, the investigator recalls that Ponsati, who was tried in absentia, was arrested yesterday, July 24, in Barcelona, and after making the investigative statement, Temporarily released.
Initially, Ponsati was prosecuted for sedition. However, after the abolition, the coach amended the offenses and left only disobedience, which is not punishable by imprisonment.
Judicially, Clara Ponsati was, along with Marta Rovera, the biggest beneficiary of the abolition of the crime of sedition. Of the five announced in absentia in the case of the trials, only two of them have had their prison sentences disappeared, and they are now being prosecuted only for the crime of disobedience, which carries a penalty of disqualification for up to two years.
Unlike former President Carles Puigdemont or ex-minister Tony Comyn, Ponsati is not charged with misappropriation of public funds, which carries a penalty of up to twelve years in prison. The Supreme Court ruling in which Oriol Junqueras and eight other pro-independence leaders were found guilty of sedition did indeed confirm that from the Ministry of Education for which it was responsible, there was no diversion of public funds to organize the referendum on October 1, 2017.
Because of this, Ponsati has returned to Spain twice since the abolition of sedition without ending up in prison. The reason for her arrest both times (although she was later released) was that she was under summons to the court to inform her of the allegation and to proceed with the investigation report.
Once this procedure is completed, the courts will likely not claim the MEP until the oral hearing has taken place.