In Spain, it remains unclear from Wagensberg’s defense whether the deputy will return to Spain to testify on terrorism charges.

Ruben Wagensberg, a deputy of the ERC in the Catalan Parliament, left for Switzerland last Christmas to take care of his mental health and denounce the political use of terrorism. The pressure of constantly being associated with the Tsunami Democràtic movement for this offense became unbearable for him, leading him to relocate to Geneva, where he is in contact with human rights organizations. Despite the National Court already pointing towards Wagensberg for his involvement in the movement that fueled protests against the ruling of the procés, his legal outlook has become more complicated following the decision of the Supreme Court to open a case against him and former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont for terrorism.
In a recent interview with a newspaper, Wagensberg expressed confidence that the case would be dismissed and saw certain hopes in the stance of the Public Prosecutor’s Office, which had concluded that there were no indications to attribute a terrorism offense to the two parliamentarians. However, he was cautious. The Supreme Court’s decision has vindicated him and has added even more pressure on this regional deputy who has dedicated part of his professional life to assisting refugees. The investigating judge, Susana Polo, will likely summon Puigdemont and Wagensberg to testify in the coming weeks. The question remains on what the deputy’s decision will be when called to appear in Madrid.
When asked in the interview about this possibility, the deputy expressed willingness to give a statement before the Spanish justice, as he is convinced that he has not committed any crime and that the case would be dismissed. However, the Supreme Court’s resolution has painted a more uncertain picture, as admitted this Friday by his lawyer, Andreu Van den Eynde, who represents most of the defendants from Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya (ERC) in cases related to the procés.
Van den Eynde avoided clarifying, in statements to the Rac1 radio station, whether Wagensberg will leave Switzerland to testify in Spain when he is likely called to appear. “Being independent means risking being detained,” the lawyer said, exercising caution in revealing any movements that could compromise his defense strategy. “I never recommend anything because I am not a politician, and I cannot put myself in people’s shoes. I provide advice on legal scenarios, but everyone is free to lead their life as they see fit, and he will make the decision,” he added.
Van den Eynde is convinced that there is a cause-and-effect relationship between the Supreme Court’s decision and negotiations for the amnesty law, denouncing that the high court has become, in his opinion, the flagship of the battle against independence. Despite emphasizing that the judiciary will try to find a way to oppose the implementation of amnesty — whose text was rejected in the Congress of Deputies and is under negotiation between the PSOE and Junts — the lawyer is confident that a solution will be found so that those eligible for amnesty can benefit from the measure.

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