Only three Catalan politicians remain in exile when the amnesty law takes effect

The legal aftermath of the 2017 Catalan independence referendum, which was deemed illegal by the Spanish government, led many pro-independence leaders to go into exile to avoid arrest.

A dozen or so politicians have done so in the past seven years for various legal reasons.

Four of them have already returned, and many more are expected to do so within the next few days.

This is due to the application of the amnesty law that came into effect a month ago.

This week, one of the most controversial cases, involving the civil protest group Tsunami Democratic, was shelved by both national and supreme courts.

As a result, seven more politicians living in exile are now expected to return. After their return, only three of the dozen in exile since 2017 will remain.

The only three remaining in exile will be former Catalan President Carles Puigdemont, MP Toni Comín and Catalan MP Lluís Puig.

The three still have a case open in the Supreme Court related to the referendum, as they have been denied amnesty due to misuse of public funds.

In addition, Puigdemont is also charged in the Volhov case, regarding an alleged Russian plot supporting Catalan independence.

All of them are still awaiting a decision on the amnesty law, which could take months as some courts have either planned or already taken it up to higher courts.

So far, only 74 people have received the full benefit of the amnesty law, and 50 of these are police officers, most of them from Spain’s National Police.

Initial estimates calculated that between 400 and 1,600 people would benefit from the law, a number that is still far from reality.

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