Judges too cowardly to block politics.
Juanra remains imprisoned.
Today the court heard the request for suspension of Juanra's detention.
Juanra was released after posting a bail of 20 000 euros on June 25, having
spent five months in solitary confinement in Vught. Another judge subsequently
decided to extend this freedom on bail up until the moment that Juanra's
extradition was final. The internal affairs ministry appealed this decision
and won. Juanra reported on October 25 and has been sitting in the prison
at Vught ever since.
Juanra himself proved that he is not a flight risk and that locking him
up is pointless-- three times now, he has appeared at court hearings knowing
full well that each one could end in him being taken away in handcuffs.
To dispel any doubt that we find Juanra's imprisonment to be a completely
unnecessary, objectionable, and political decision, we called on people
to sign a petition and make money available for increasing Juanra's bail.
This proved to be a great success. Within one week, more than 128 people
had vouched for Juanra with more than 60 000 euros.
To no avail. The political pressure from Internal Affairs and Spain turned
out to be too great. The request was handled by the judges Blekxtoon and
Bonga-Singmond. They are the very same judges who had previously decided
to set Juanra free on bail and to allow him to remain free on bail-- now
they dared not challenge the judgement of the higher court.
Juanra, whose extradition Spain is demanding, is officially imprisoned
because of the damage that his fleeing would do to relations between the
Netherlands and Spain. Now that we have persuasively demonstrated that
Juanra is not a flight risk, it is now also completely senseless and scandalous
that Juanra has to remain behind bars for the coming months.
With this gesture, the Netherlands is giving the thumbs-up to a country
where a witch hunt is currently in full swing against everything that
fundamentally criticises the state. Political parties are being banned
there, social and political opponents are being silenced, tortured, and
Juanra currently has no chance whatsoever of getting a fair trial in
Spain. Instead of actively co-operating with this, the Netherlands, a
country that once was renowned for its progressiveness, should make a
statement by not extraditing Juanra and freeing him immediately.
The Netherlands and the other EU member states are rushing to flex their
muscles when it comes to security. For the sake of a false sense of security,
our civil rights and freedoms are being curtailed at a rapid pace. Critics
such as Juanra are the first to feel the results of this.
The Juanra support group is convinced that this trend cannot be reversed
without a struggle. So we will keep on fighting. Juanra must be free!