Freed government counsellors begin leaving prison

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Photo: The van in which Meritxell Borràs and Dolors Bassa were driven out of prison, with the door open.  (Photo by ACN)

The government counsellors who have been released while awaiting trial, have already left prison, after their defense teams deposited a € 100,000 bond each, paid for by the “solidarity bank” organized by pro-independentist groups.

Meritxell Borràs and Dolors Bassa left the prison of Alcalá-Meco few minutes before four in the afternoon of Monday, where they were kept for a month and two days. They did so together in the same gray van while relatives and political representatives of ERC and PDECAT awaited them just outside the prison. The van stopped briefly on the way out to collect their nearest relatives, Borràs’s mother and Bassa’s two children.

At about two-thirty in the afternoon, the rest of the counsellors who have also been temporarily released, Jordi Turull, Josep Rull, Raül Romeva and Carles Mundó, left the prison of Estremera.

Photo: Counsellors Jordi Turull, Josep Rull, Raül Romeva and Carles Mundó leaving prison

Spanish Supreme Court judge, Pablo Llarena, removed the custody orders on all the counselors of the government except Oriol Junqueras and Joaquim Forn, but also maintained unconditional custody until trial for civil society activists Jordi Sànchez and Jordi Cuixart, the leaders of the National National Assembly and Cultural Òmnium.

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