Five jailed Catalan separatists elected in polls last month will be allowed to attend the first day of Spain's national parliament on May 21, the Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday.
All five have been in custody for more than a year over their role in Catalonia's secession attempt in October 2017 and are currently on trial in Madrid, charged with rebellion.
During the parliament's opening session, they will have to promise to comply with the Spanish constitution which pledges the "unbreakable unity" of Spain.
Josep Rull, also part of Catalonia's regional government at that time, was another elected to the lower house.
Raul Romeva, in charge of Catalonia's foreign affairs at the time of the secession bid, was elected to the upper house Senate.
They were all part of a push to hold an independence referendum in October 2017 in defiance of a court ban.
That sparked Spain's deepest political crisis in decades.
The referendum in the wealthy northeastern region was followed by a short-lived declaration of independence.
That prompted Puigdemont and others to flee Spain.
The court decided to allow them out on May 21 citing "the need to not jeopardise the right to participate" in politics.
It ruled they would have to "immediately go back to the penitentiary centre" once the session closed.
In rejecting their permanent release from jail pending judicial proceedings, the court argued provisional custody "does not violate their rights" to freedom of expression and opinion.
Spain's April elections saw Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez's socialists win but without the necessary majority to govern solo in a fragmented political landscape marked by the far-right's entry into parliament.
As such, Sanchez could need the backing of Catalan separatist lawmakers like the five jailed politicians.
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