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Jailed Catalan separatist leader should be released, his party says

FILE PHOTO: Jailed Catalan politician Oriol Junqueras leaves after getting his parliamentary credentials at Spanish Parliament, in Madrid, Spain, May 20, 2019. REUTERS/Susana Vera

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Jailed Catalan separatist leader Oriol Junqueras should be immediately released from prison, his party said on Thursday after the Court of Justice of the European Union said he enjoyed immunity as a member of the European Parliament.

Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya (ERC) said on Twitter the trial in Spain in October that sentenced its chairman to 13 years behind bars for his role in Catalonia’s failed independence bid in 2017 should be declared void after the EU’s top court ruling.

Reporting by Joan Faus, editing by Andrei Khalip