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Spanish court jails Catalan independence leaders

Christian Fernsby ▼ | October 14, 2019
Spain's Supreme Court has sentenced nine Catalan leaders to prison terms.
Former Catalan Vice President Oriol Junqueras
Europe   Former Catalan Vice President Oriol Junqueras
They are ranging from nine to 13 years for sedition and misuse of public funds for their role in a failed 2017 independence bid.

Topics: Spanish Catalan leaders

The sentences were lower than demanded by the prosecution which had sought up to 25 years behind bars for former Catalan Vice President Oriol Junqueras.

"The Supreme Court has condemned Oriel Junqueras to 13 years in prison... on grounds of sedition and the misuse of public funds," the ruling said, handing 12 years to three other former regional ministers.

Former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont said the prison terms handed to nine Catalan separatist leaders were an "outrage".

"100 years in all. An outrage. Now more than ever, by your side and those of your families. It is time to react as never before," tweeted Puigdemont, who fled to Belgium to avoid prosecution.

"We will come back even stronger," says main Catalan defendant Junqueras.

"To those who are driven only by the will to do harm, we say to them that nothing ends today, you neither win nor convince...we will come back even stronger. We will come back and win," Junqueras wrote in a letter to his supporters from prison.


 

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