Supreme Court judge Pablo Llarena has ruled the former Deputy First Minister of Catalonia, Oriol Junqueras, must remain physically in prison on remand and may not be allowed out to attend sessions of the new Catalan Parliament, due to open next week.

The decision also applies to the former regional interior minister, Joaquim Forn, and the former chairman of the Catalan National Assembly (ANC), Jordi Sánchez, both elected at the regional ballot on December 21.

Judge Llarena has also denied a request by Mr. Junqueras, filed yesterday before the court, to be moved to a prison near Barcelona, which "would avoid the difficulties derived from finding himself at a distance of 650km from the seat of the legislative chamber of which he will form a part".

The ruling says the Catalan Parl...

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