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Wrong to say Spain jailed Catalan leaders because they advocated independence

  • Former Catalan leaders are accused of violating the Spanish constitution, among other charges
PUBLISHED : Sunday, 18 November, 2018, 5:37pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 18 November, 2018, 5:37pm

I refer to Alex Lo’s column in your November 9 edition (“The West’s hypocrisy over Hong Kong’s human rights”), where he makes a statement regarding the legal situation of secessionist leaders in Spain that is strongly misleading for your Hong Kong readers.

I quote: “Unlike Spain, we haven’t jailed or detained secessionists solely because they advocated independence.” The people that have been put in jail by independent judges broke the law and went against the Spanish Constitution by adopting allegedly illegal measures in their official posts.

The Spanish Supreme Court has recently opened the trial against 18 former Catalan leaders, including nine currently in jail, taking into consideration the state prosecutors’ accusations against them (“Spain wants Catalan separatist jailed for 25 years”, November 2). The charges against them go far beyond mere advocacy of independence, which of course is absolutely freely and daily done by thousands in Spain without any consequence.

Larry Levene, Kowloon (British citizen with residence in Spain)