Lawyer representing Junqueras and the ERC party counsellors will present a complaint for police abuse during the transfer

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Photo: Junqueras, Mundó i Romeva’s lawyer, Andreu Van den Eynde, upon leaving the Estremera prison, having met with his cleints for an hour and a half.  (Photo by TÀNIA TÀPIA)

By Mariona Ferrer i Fornells, Estremera, Madrid
November 3rd, 2017, 13:00

The lawyer of Oriol Junqueras and the two ERC advisers locked up in the Estremera Prison -Carles Mundó and Raül Romeva-, Andreu Van den Eynde, announced this Friday, after his first in-prison meeting with his clients, that he will be filing a complaint regarding abuse during the transfer. Van den Eynde has asked the agents who took charge of taking some of the Catalan Government officials from the National Court to penitentiary that evening that if they thought they were “brave” for what they did to Junqueras, Mundó and Romeva, they must therefore also have the “bravery” to admit what they had done.

However, Van den Eynde did not give more details about the “irregular behavior or mistreatment” and assured that his job is to prove them by first filing a complaint. “This is something that they will have to ask them [the policemen who managed the transfer], I know perfectly well what occurred, but we will not be drawn into details until the complaint is formally presented,” he said. The lawyer spent an hour and a half with the ERC counsellors in the admissions module of Estremera prison.

Message of strength
Junqueras, Mundó and Romeva wanted to convey a message of “strength” to all Catalans. In this regard, he assured that imprisoned ERC counsellors are “very grateful for the response they have out there”, they are “well” but that the situation is “very difficult”.

At the moment all of them are in the prison module of Estremera waiting for the prison to decide how to distribute them. The trip from yesterday to this prison was chaotic. For one reason or another, some of them were signed in to other centers, like Valdemoro. Van den Eynde was thankful that “sense prevailed” and “dispersion policies” were not applied because this would have been “intolerable.”

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