CATALAN PARLIAMENT SPEAKER JAILED UNDER CHARGES OF REBELLION

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Following rebellion probe, Speaker of the Catalan parliament is to be jailed following on from the regional parliament's independence vote.

 

The Supreme Court in Madrid is dealing with the case as Ms Forcadell and other MP’s under investigation had parliament immunity at the time of the declaration of independence.

 

Supreme Court magistrate Pablo Llarena agreed to jail Catalonian’s top parliament official in the rebellion probe, but agreed to grant a bail at 150,000 euro.

 

Under Spanish law, rebellion refers to the attempt to overthrow a power and can carry a maximum jail sentence of 30 years and charges of sedition can have a maximum 15-year-penalty.

 

Ms Forcadell has sought to avoid custody by arguing the declaration was symbolic, but prosecutors are pursuing criminal charges after the declaration of independence on October 27th.

 

 

A peace offering to Catalan separatists

 

 

Prior to the sentences groups of activists in Catalonia went to the streets blocking railway stations and main roads in protest, following the arrest of 8 Catalan officials and two activists, seen as political detentions.

 

Before these sentences, Foreign Minister Alfonso Dastis said in an interview with the BBC, a referendum on Catalonia’s self-determination is possible, but will have to be nationwide.

 

The prospect of a nationwide referendum means that Spain’s entire population – 47 million people – would have a say on the future of the north-eastern region.

 

Alfonso Dastis, Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Alfonso Dastis, Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

 

‘Complete Lack of Political intelligence’

 

Iñigo Urkullu, leader of the Basque autonomous community has criticised Mr Rajoy’s Government saying he is playing politics through courts following the detention of eight Catalan officials without bail.

 

Mr Urkullu said:  "It's the worst decision that could have been taken,"

 

 "It shows a complete lack of political intelligence".

 

The Basques have had a history of supporting independence – fueling actions by the terrorist group ETA which has claimed 800 lives until 2011, when it was dissolved.

 

 

Other developments

 

  • A Spanish judge seeks the extradition of Catalan former leader Carles Puigdemont

and five other cabinet members, via a European arrest warrant (EAW). However, Belgium – where Carles Puigdemont and his remaining cabinet members are – is yet to decide whether to exclude the EU arrest warrant.

 

  • Elections are to be held the 21st of December, aiming at ending the crisis.

 

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