Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont becomes member of European Parliament, gets immunityChristian Fernsby ▼ | January 13, 2020
Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont has taken his seat as a member of the European Parliament in Strasbourg despite facing an arrest warrant against him in Spain.
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His parliamentary position also gives him immunity.
Puigdemont used the opening session of the plenary to demand the immediate release from a Spanish jail of another Catalan leader who was elected to the European Parliament, former Catalonia vice president Oriol Junqueras.
Puigdemont arrived at the legislature in the early afternoon, cheered by a few hundred supporters who had more than a dozen Catalan flags fluttering in the midday winds outside the legislature in north-eastern France.
Puigdemont arrived together with fellow EU legislator and former Catalan minister Toni Comin.
Spain tried to ban us, he said, “but today we are here, finally”. ■