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Spanish judge orders custody for Catalan leaders pending trial

Spanish judge orders custody for Catalan leaders pending trial”

Puigdemont fled Spain and appeared in Brussels on Monday.

The Supreme Court of Spain on Thursday said it had adjourned until November 9 the hearings of former members of Catalonia's dissolved parliament including speaker Carme Forcadell at the request of their lawyers amid the prosecutors demand to jail the eight sacked members of Catalonia's regional government. Ninety percent of voters were in favor of separating from Spain.

The state prosecutor in Madrid later asked the court to issue national and European arrest warrants for Puigdemont and the four other ministers.

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

In response to Catalonia declaring independence weeks later, Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy stripped the region of its autonomy and unseated its legislators. The six had been summoned to court for questioning by a judge.

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"The defendants have played an active role by propelling the carefully designed secessionist process and overcoming all kinds of obstacles that could make them deviate from their final objective", the judge said in the ruling that sent the defendants to jail.

On October 27th, the pro-independence majority in the northeastern region's parliament hurriedly approved a declaration of independence.

Another, Santi Vila, who stepped down from the Catalan cabinet before a unilateral declaration of independence last Friday and has since then been pushing for a negotiated solution with the government, was granted bail of €50,000.

The six had been summonsed by two Madrid courts on Thursday.



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