Yesterday, in the eighteenth session of the trial in the supreme court in Madrid, it became clear that the civil guard officers, who read through the emails of members of the pro-independence movement at the request of supreme court judge Pablo Llarena, did not find anything that incriminated them in rebellion and embezzlement crimes. Moreover the defence demonstrated, once again, the bias of the investigation carried out by this team of analysts and the errors in their statements.
In relation to the September 20 2017 disturbances, Quim Torra, before being president of the Generalitat, was said to have been seen at the Bigues i Riells warehouse, where officers found 6 million envelopes containing October 1 voting documents. The officers were said to have been able to leave the area on September 20 without incident thanks to help from the Catalan police, despite the 300 people protesting by “sitting on the floor with their arms clasped”. Regarding the disturbances at four labour department offices, the officers were forced to admit that the department heads showed them alternative exits so they could avoid demonstrators, which they used.
Yesterday lawyers for the defence pointed out a number of examples of bias and errors in civil guard statements. For example, Josep Riba, the defence lawyer for the former minister of justice, caught one of the officers out, and he had to admit that the emails selected in relation to Carles Mundó did not include emails congratulating him for looking into October 1 in the courts, and only included the ones expressing concern.