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The text of Sánchez's amnesty bill for Catalan separatists
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In summary, in English:
1. Applies to all crimes related to Catalan separatist, independence or secession process
2. Between 2012 and 2023
3. Judges get two months to put it into practice, "urgently"
4. With a special mention for the 2014 referendum (Artur Mas) and the 2017 referendum (Puigdemont)
5. All crimes related to promoting, procuring, organising or executing any kind of independence of Catalonia, or collaborating or assissting to do so in any way
6. All crimes related to money, the misuse of public funds, or abusing the authority of public office
7. Contempt of court, public order offences, attacking police officers, resisting arrest, blocking police ofciers, abuse of authority, public criticism of authorities
8. NOT INCLUDED: murder, serious assault, torture, inhumane traetment, terrorism, treason, crimes against the financial interest of the EU, racism, antisemitism, anti-gypsyism
9. Amnesty means: crimes do not exist, release from jail or detention, elimination of criminal record, arrest warrants and search orders expire immediately, bail conditions expire immediately, no administrative fine processes
10. Amnesty also means any public workers involved also get their jobs back with full rights and a clean record
11. There is a paragraph on page 16 that makes sure to point out that there will be no restrictive bail measures of any kind, or jailing of anyone on remand, even if someone appeals the process, or tries to argue it is unconstitutional
12. Amnesty bill modifies Criminal Code, adding "amnesty" to list of reasons criminal responsbility is extinguished.
13. Amnesty bill modifies Accounting Tribunal Act, adds "amnesty" to list of reasons financial responsibility is extinguished.
14. In very long preamble, government argues the law is constitutional because it is "singular" and applies very spefically to a well-defined set of circumstances.
15. Government argues that the bill is needed to deal with an "exceptional situation" in "the general interest" in order to foster greater political and social coexistence in Spain.
16. Government argues that if the amnesty were not to go ahead, social and political tensions with Cataln separatists could continue into the future.
17. Spanish government argues that other European countries and European law back the principle of amnesty. Cites Italy, France, Portugal, Germany, UK, Austria, Belgium, Ireland and Sweden.
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