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Puigdemont and Junqueras will denounce Spain for espionage

The MEP and former president of the Generalitat, Carles Puigdemont, and the former vice president and leader of the ERC, Oriol Junqueras, announced this Tuesday in the European Parliament legal actions in Spain, France, Switzerland, Luxembourg and Germany for the case of espionage with the program Pegasus to independence leaders, uncovered in an investigation by the cybersecurity platform ‘CitizenLab’.

In a press conference from the European Parliament in Brussels, Puigdemont has reported that they will file lawsuits in the coming days against those responsible, starting with the technology company NSO, in the courts in Barcelona, ​​but also before the courts of other countries of the Union. European Union where the alleged cyberattacks have occurred, in the case of France, Germany, Switzerland and Luxembourg.

In addition, the former president has asked the president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, to “act urgently” and hold Spain accountable for the use of the Pegasus program against political rivals, which represents a “massive violation of fundamental rights” .

At a certain point, he has pointed out that only governments have access to this instrument, for which he has indicated that it is necessary for the National Intelligence Center (CNI) and other state bodies “to be investigated”, although it is not yet clear who they are targeting. they will present the multiple individual complaints of the affected people. For Puigdemont, the Spanish Executive must “be accountable” for this “plot”.

“Corrupt System”

“It is an entire system that is corrupt and it is that system that we have to sit in court,” he said. Likewise, he recalled that the mobile devices of several members of the European Parliament and parliamentary advisers, for which he has urged the president of the European Parliament, Roberta Metsola, to take measures since the security of the institution has been put at risk and to organize an extraordinary discussion.

The investigation indicates that the mobile phones of members of ERC, Junts and the CUP were spied on between 2019 and 2020 with the Pegasus program, which is sold exclusively to governments and allows easy access to the device and activation of the microphone or camera. Among the victims are 63 people from the pro-independence environment, including the current president of the Generalitat, Pere Aragonès, and MEPs Toni Comín (Junts), Jordi Solé and Diana Riba.

Also members of the Parliament, lawyers linked to the independence leaders and members of civil society organizations, as well as relatives of some of the main independence figures were the target of these cyberattacks. Asked at a press conference about this case, a spokesman for the European Commission has left it to the Member States to investigate the possible legal implications of possible cases of breach of data protection.

Junqueras asks for “explanations”

For his part, the ERC leader has stressed that his political formation will be “demanding” with the Executive of Pedro Sánchez and has assured that he must give explanations because “he has the responsibility to know if his organs use this.” “He has the obligation to explain it not only in Congress and the Senate but also in other institutional spheres, also in the European Parliament”, Junqueras affirmed.

On whether this case will affect the political negotiating table between the Generalitat and the Government, the ERC leader has insisted that the dialogue process is “a useful tool” that “he will not give up.” “It is a flag that we cannot give to those who do not deserve it.

The Spanish state does not make merits to deserve it and we cannot give it away”, he stressed. Junqueras has stressed that cases such as the possible use of Pegasus against Catalan leaders makes the independence movement “accumulate political capital” in the face of the international community. On the contrary, For Puigdemont it is “clear” that this revelation “changes many things” and therefore the Government cannot act as if this had not happened.

“We do not understand that after this scandal things remain the same and that a government that is part of this plot continues to be trusted,” he summarized.

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