Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Catalan independence leaders jailed

Protests in Catalonia after independence leaders held - The Local - AFP News:

March 24, 2018 - "Thousands of protesters descended on the streets of Catalonia late Friday after Spain's supreme court detained five separatist leaders for their role in last year's independence bid. The court also issued international arrest warrants for six other Catalan figures who have fled abroad....

"Spain's Supreme Court said Friday it would prosecute 13 key Catalan separatists for 'rebellion', a crime which carries a maximum penalty of 30 years in jail. Five people were held in custody, including Catalan presidential candidate Jordi Turull ... former Catalan parliament president Carme Forcadell and three former regional ministers. Judge Pablo Llarena ... also issued international arrest warrants for former Catalan President Carles Puigdemont, who is in self-imposed exile in Belgium along with four of his former ministers.

"Four other separatists had already been detained by the Spanish authorities. In total 25 people, the core of the movement, have been indicted over last year's independence drive."

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Spain Catalonia: Puigdemont's arrest in Germany sparks mass protests - BBC News:

March 26, 2018 - "Protests broke out across the Spanish region of Catalonia on Sunday after former leader Carles Puigdemont was taken into custody in Germany. At least 89 people were injured in clashes with police and four arrests were made....

"Puigdemont ... had been on a trip to Finland to meet lawmakers and attend a conference last week when the arrest warrant against him was reissued, taking him by surprise.... Puigdemont faces charges of sedition, rebellion and misappropriation of public funds in Spain as a result of his role in last year's Catalan banned independence referendum. The charges in Spain could result in up to 30 years in prison."

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