“In total, up to 100 years in prison, draconian punishments from nine to thirteen years’ jail in each case, this is madness and it has very little to do with reasonable jurisdiction. I can’t put it any other way, these verdicts are shameful for the fundamental principles of the rule of law. The verdicts also point to the deep crisis in Spanish democracy. Anyone who claims that the problem of the lack of judicial independence in the EU is only confined to Eastern Europe is either visibly very restricted or an ideologist. And anyone who wants to try and solve the political problem in Spain by legal means and legal action will inevitably fail.”

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