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Protests Erupt in Catalonia After Former Leaders Are Jailed

03 November, 2017, 00:37 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • Catalan leaders due before Madrid court on rebellion charge

Spanish prosecutors have asked the National Court to jail nine ex-members of the sacked Catalan government.

It appears likely that a European arrest warrant is now likely to be made by a High Court judge.

Instead, Puigdemont and four of his colleagues traveled to Brussels in Belgium and hired a lawyer.

"President, enough is enough", the influential Catalan newspaper el Peridico, which has been sceptical of the case for independence, said on its front page on Wednesday.

"I'm ashamed that they lock up opponents in my country", said Pablo Iglesias, leader of Podemos, which opposes independence.




Cracks have appeared within the pro-independence coalition of centre-right and far-left parties as well as inside Puigdemont's own PdeCat (Democratic Catalan Party) where some of his allies are now pushing for a negotiated solution with the central government. Ninety percent of voters were in favor of separating from Spain.

The ninth minister was granted bail of 50,000 euros ($58,000).

The request also covers four other dismissed Catalan ministers who did not show up.

On Tuesday, AN Judge Carmen Lamela admitted the legal action by the Attorney General's Office of the State against the former Catalonian president and all the members of his cabinet for alleged crimes of rebelliousness, sedition and embezzlement.

The six had been summonsed by two Madrid courts on Thursday. The move follows last week's vote by the parliament of Catalonia to declare independence from Spain.

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