Spanish judge says will try 13 Catalan separatist…

25 March, 2018, 01:39 | Author: Jason Torres
  • Spain rejects plan to install nationalist Catalan leader

But Turull and five other separatist leaders have a date at the Madrid-based Supreme Court on Friday, when a judge could indict them on rebellion charges and sent to preventative jail.

Defiance still reigns in Catalonia, where the parliament has just suspended a vote to elect Jordi Turull as its new president.

Convictions could result in up to 30 years in prison.

The case against Catalan separatists is now led by Judge Llarena from the Supreme Court, but two other courts, one in Madrid and another in Barcelona, are also investigating officials accused of civil disobedience and other offenses, including organizing the independence referendum held last October, even after it was declared illegal by Madrid.

Judge Llarena also reactivated European arrests warrants for six others who are in self-imposed exile, including former Catalan President Carles Puigdemont who is in Belgium.

More than 20 people were injured in clashes between demonstrators and police in the Catalonia region of Spain during protests, news agencies reported. "The [parliamentary] session has been canceled", speaker of the Catalan parliament Roger Torrent said at the session's opening.

One protester there, Carme Sala, said: "There are two million people who want to leave Spain and they can't put us all in prison."Catalan TV showed rallies in support of the jailed leaders elsewhere in the region including in the cities of Vic and Tarragona".

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Five other Catalan politicians, including Mr Puigdemont, fled to Brussels following the failed secession attempt in late October.

Later on Friday, thousands of protesters gathered in the centre of Barcelona, waving flags and condemning the actions of the Spanish government. Leaving the country was "the only way I have to stand up against the government of the Partido Popular", she wrote, referring to the conservative party of Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.

Rovira, the head of the separatist Esquerra Republicana party, said before the judge's announcement on Friday she had fled to avoid prosecution.

The court's decision will likely put an end to a planned vote this Saturday at the Catalan regional parliament to pick a new leader after Mr Puigdemont's departure previous year.

But Turull didn't mention "independence" or "republic" during the hour-long speech to fellow lawmakers outlining the policies he would pursue if elected.

Several separatist leaders, including former Catalan vice-president Oriol Junqueras, have been in custody since a year ago. If they can not agree to a government in two months, another regional election will be held.

The charges will raise the stakes in the deadlock between Madrid and pro-independence Catalans.

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