Nine Catalonia Separatist Leaders Sentenced to 9 Years in Jail

Nine Found Guilty of Charges Including Sedition and Misuse of Public Resources


The Supreme Court of Spain has sentenced nine of the twelve Catalan leaders to a minimum of nine years in jail in connection with the 2017 independence bid.

The nine, including former Catalonian vice president Oriol Junqueras, were accused of sedition in the failed bid for Catalan independence. The leaders attempted to secede from Spain, triggering a major political crisis that saw Spanish authorities deploy hundreds of police to quell the unrest.

The prosecution had sought up to twenty-five-year sentences for the Junqueras, who was found guilty of misuse of public funds and sedition.

All the twelve defendants were acquitted of the charge of rebellion. Three were found guilty only of disobedience and not sentenced to jail. However, they received a nominal ban from running or participating in public office.

Carles Puigdemont, the former head of Catalonia’s regional government, reacted to the landmark ruling terming it an “atrocity.” Puigdemont fled the country and has been in a self-imposed exile in Belgium.

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