Barcelona, September 21 (EFE).- The Parliament of Catalonia formed this Wednesday a commission of inquiry into political espionage against independents, chaired by the former minister of the 1st government and deputy spokesperson of the ERC in the Catalan Chamber, Meritxel Serret.
JXCAT group president in parliament, Albert Batet, has been elected vice-president of the commission, while CUP deputy Montserrat Vignette holds the secretariat.
The constitutional session took place this Wednesday, before next week’s general policy debate sets the tone for a parliamentary course that begins with fresh turmoil between the government’s two partners, the ERC and JxCat.
Independence groups have shown no cracks in the formation of the Commission of Inquiry, which will investigate allegations of political espionage by more than 60 independence activists through the Pegasus and Candiru cyber espionage programs.
Last May, the groups of ERC, JXCAT, CUP and Commons registered the petition for the creation of this commission of inquiry, when it was revealed that at least 60 people, among them prominent independence leaders such as Generalitat Carles Puigdemont and former president Quim. Tora was spied on through Pegasus, a system marketed by the Israeli company NSO Group that is sold only to governments.
The commission will have a term of one year and, at the end of its work, it must produce a report of conclusions, which will be put to a vote in the plenary session of Parliament.
After being elected president, Serret said the commission’s purpose was to “give the public all the information” about the espionage case.
“As a democratic institution, we have a duty to put up a common front with other institutions to guarantee the protection of fundamental rights of citizens,” he added.
Serret also appears on the list of people who spied with the Pegasus program, such as Josep Maria Jove, who will be the Commission’s ERC spokesperson.
Although it has not yet drawn up its work plan, it is expected that the commission will summon all “those who may have direct or indirect responsibility” in the events to testify, as explained by Joseph Reuss, vice president and spokesperson of JxCat, to reporters in the corridors of Parliament. In the statement.
The Congress of Deputies rejected in May the creation of a commission of inquiry to clarify the espionage case, voting against PSOE, PP, Vox and CS.
In this regard, Rius indicated that the behavior of the PSOE makes it an “accomplice” in “very serious incidents” related to espionage against the libertarians.
The PSC and Vox will participate in the Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry, while Ciudadanos and the PPC will remain on the sidelines.
With this commission, the Catalan Chamber joins the European Parliament in investigating this case of political espionage – in its case within the framework of a commission of inquiry on the use of Pegasus in European countries – for which Reus considers that both institutions must work. “as well as” to make the “necessary combination”.
“We hope that no group in Parliament obstructs, hinders or assists this commission to function normally,” said JXCAT’s deputy spokesperson in the chamber.
The commission, which must now approve its work plan, is made up of two deputies from each parliamentary group – except the CS and the PPC-: Oscar Aparicio and Jordi Terades (PSC-Units), Meritxel Seret and Josep Maria Jove (ERC), Albert Batet and Josep Rius (JxCat), Sergio Macián and Alberto Tarradas (Vox), Montserrat Vinyets and Xavier Pellicer (CUP), as well as Lucas Ferro (En Comú Podem).