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Catalan separatist stripped of EP seat

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Jailed Catalan separatist leader Oriol Junqueras is to be stripped of his seat in the European Parliament, the assembly’s president said Friday.

David Sassoli said in a statement that Junqueras’ mandate would be terminated as of January 3. His announcement came a day after Spain’s Supreme Court ruled that Junqueras, a former vice president of Catalonia and leader of the Catalan Republican Left party, does not have immunity despite having been elected to the European institution.

The decision meant that Junqueras cannot travel to Strasbourg to take his seat in the Parliament.


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