The Supreme Court has ruled that bank customers who previously negotiated a reduction in the floor clauses in their mortgage loans – abusive clauses that set a minimum rate below which the interest could not fall no matter how low reference rates dropped – still maintain their right to file lawsuits demanding a full refund of the amounts unduly charged due to the floor clauses. The ruling came in a case in Pamplona. By Oliver McIntyre DEPOSED Cataluña president Carles Puigdemont and four of his former cabinet members have been scheduled for an extradition hearing in Belgium on November 17 after they turned themselves in to authorities there last week following Spain’s issuance of a warrant for their arrest.
After appearing before a judge, all five were released and ordered to remain in Belgium pending the extradition hearing
panish authorities had issued the European arrest warrant after Puigdemont and the former cabinet members failed to appear for a hearing at Spain’s High Court last Thursday, where they had been called to testify as part of an investigation into alleged rebellion, sedition and other offences in relation to Cataluña’s illegal declaration of independence.
Of the nine other former members of Puigdemont’s cabinet who did appear at the hearing, eight were ordered to jail as the investigation continues, while one, Santi Vila, was released on €50,000 bail. Vila had resigned from Puigdemont’s government the day before the regional parliament on October 27 unilaterally declared Cataluña’s independence, which prompted the Spanish government to take administrative control of the region, dissolve the Catalan parliament and call early regional elections for December 21.
The former speaker of the Catalan Parliament, Carme Forcadell, and five other parliamentary officials, who are also under investigation for rebellion and sedition, were scheduled to testify last Thursday at the Supreme Court, but the court agreed to postpone their hearing until November 9, to give them more time to prepare. .
While former Catalan presiout of the Catalan elections. Belgium, on their candidate dent Puigdemont’s extradition One of Puigdemont's jailed lists for the elections. hearing is set for November 17, former cabinet members, However, the two parties the appeals he can file with Oriol Junqueras, who was will not run together as a cohigher courts in Belgium could vice-president of the Catalan alition in the elections as they draw out the process at least government, has requested did last time. two months, taking it beyond that the High Court release Meanwhile, the economic the date of the regional elechim and his seven colleagues impacts of the sovereignty critions in Cataluña. Meanwhile, in order to allow them to camsis appear to be emerging in he has said he will be campaigpaign for the elections. Cataluña. In October, for the ning for those elections from Through his lawyer, he arfirst time in years, the region Belgium. gued that their confinement is posted the highest unemploy
On Tuesday, he held an event “profoundly disproportionate”. ment increase in Spain in absowith some 200 separatist Both Junqueras’ ERC party lute terms, with 14,700 new jobmayorsless.fromCataluñawhoandPuigdemont’sPDeCAT travelled to Brussels to show party, which were partners in he economic impact extheir support for him. Speaking the separatist Catalan governtends to broader Spain as well, at the event, he denounced what ment, have said they plan to with the government having he described as "fascism" in include all of the jailed cabireduced its GDP growth preSpain, and called on EU leaders net members, and those awaitdictions for 2018, from 2.6% to accept whatever results come ing the extradition hearing in down to 2.3%.
Carles Puigdemont with separatist mayors who travelled to Brussels from Cataluña