TEHRAN, Dec 19_A Catalan leader jailed for his role in an independence referendum deemed illegal by Spain has been entitled to immunity as a member of the European Parliament despite not having being able to take up his seat, the EU's highest court ruled on Thursday.
TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club(YJC)_The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), ruling in respect of Oriol Junqueras, marks a likely boost for the Catalan separatist movement and potentially puts judicial authorities in Brussels and Madrid at loggerheads.
Junqueras was sentenced in October to 13 years in jail for sedition and misuse of public funds related to the region's failed independence bid in autumn 2017, which Spanish authorities had declared illegal.
He was elected to the European Parliament in May despite having been in prison in Spain since November 2017.
Eight other leading figures in the independence movement were sentenced to prison along with Junqueras, and the bitter standoff between them and the government in Madrid has dominated Spain's fragmented political landscape for more than two years.
A spokeswoman for the government said it had no immediate comment on the ruling.