Carles Puigdemont has sent a letter to the new Speaker of the Catalan Parliament, Roger Torrent, asking for legal protection as an elected representative of the regional chamber.

A copy of the letter published by Catalan media cited several parliamentary rules regarding parliamentary immunity as a basis for such a petition.

Mr. Puigdemont believes his condition as an MP means he cannot be arrested unless he is caught in flagrante delicto, or in the act of committing a crime.

On January 20, the Public Prosecutor's Office, citing Constitutional Court doctrine, issued clarification on how it interpreted parliamentary immunity for elected representatives in Spain.

"The guarantee of immunity does not mean the imprisonment cannot be ordered by judicial order, it refers exclusive...

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