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Catalan assembly speaker urges release of jailed presidential candidate

AFP  |  Madrid 

The of the urged today a Spanish to free Sanchez from jail so he could be sworn in as

"That would be normal no? To protect and defend the political rights of a lawmaker in the who should be able to face an investiture debate," told Cadena Ser radio.

Parliament is scheduled to hold a debate and vote tomorrow on the jailed pro-independence activist's candidacy to become Catalonia's new regional despite a failed first attempt.

Sanchez was remanded in custody in October pending charges of sedition over last year's Catalan independence bid.

A previous attempt to appoint him as failed last month after Spain's turned down a request for him to be released from jail. The court is due to decide shortly on Sanchez's new request to be allowed to leave jail so he can attend tomorrow's debate.

Torrent said the court needed to take into account a message from the Human Rights Committee in support of Sanchez's political rights.

In letters last month to Spanish authorities and Sanchez's lawyers, the UN committee requested the state take all steps to ensure he be allowed to exercise his right to stand for office.

"What would be inconceivable to me is that the in this case ignore international law and the measures which the calls for," he said.

"The court has the opportunity to take note of international law and the protection of political rights or write another dark chapter in the history of the regarding the repression of the rights of Catalan lawmakers."

has been in political limbo since Spain's conservative central government imposed direct rule on the region after it unilaterally declared independence in October.

Fresh regional elections will be triggered if a new leader is not elected by May 22.

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First Published: Thu, April 12 2018. 16:15 IST
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