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Madrid introduces political prisoners to EU

The judge has ordered eight members of the Catalan government to be remanded in custody pending possible charges over declaration of independence, threatening territorial integrity of Kingdom of Spain.

The judge Carmen Lamela, sitting in Spain’s national court, jailed all eight former ministers – including vice-president Oriol Junqueras – while they have been investigated on possible charges of sedition, rebellion and misuse of public funds.  Lamela ruled that a ninth official, who resigned the day before independence vote last Friday, could remain at liberty on bail of €50,000.

Lawyers for those under investigation said their clients would appeal against the judge’s decision, which they described as unjustified, disproportionate and predetermined.


Junqueras vows to defend Catalan independence

Catalonia’s political leaders will appear before High court in Madrid facing charges of rebellion, sedition, and misuse of public funds, while the region’s president Carles Puigdemont denounced the processes as “political revenge” from his Brussels exile.

A group of political leaders (15) due to testify from 9 a.m. (0800 GMT) are Puigdemont’s former vice-president Oriol Junqueras, eight other members of his sacked cabinet and six senior regional lawmakers, including the speaker of the Catalan parliament, Carme Forcadell.

Puigdemont and his former team were summoned by the High Court while the speaker of the Catalan Parliament Carme Forcadell and the other lawmakers were summoned by the Supreme Court.

Today in Catalonia there is a clear dissociation between the democratic will of citizens and the central government, which has set out to take over the people’s institutions and control them despotically” – Junqueras underlined ahead of the trial.

Madrid opens criminal trials against Catalan politicians

Oriol Junqueras, the vice-president of the ousted Catalan government; has arrived in Madrid for questioning over allegations of rebellion for declaring the region’s independence from Spain.

Oriol Junqueras was the first from Catalan officials to appear in court on Thursday after the Spanish chief prosecutor demanded the leadership of self-proclaimed Republic of Catalonia to face charges of rebellion, sedition and misuse of public funds after independence declaration independence last week, following the referendum of October, 1, #1Oct.

President Carles Puigdemont denounced Madrid actions against Catalan politicians. His Belgian lawyer added he has no trust in Spain’s judiciary, explaining the intention of his client to defend his position from the safety of Brussels  where he acts as Catalan Republic President in exile.

Basques: Rajoy sets “dangerous precedent”

The Catalonia crisis is rapidly spreading to the other regions of Spain, concerned by their future after Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy decision to apply Article 155, and return freedom-aspiring Catalans to direct rule of Madrid.

Spain’s central government confirmed it would apply law to suspend Catalonia’s autonomy after the regional leader failed signed and suspended an independence declaration. Rajoy’s government proposed a package of measures that could strip Catalonia of some powers and officially trigger Article 155 of the constitution if approved by the Sénat.

While it has never been invoked before, Article 155 refers to the section within Spain’s constitution that says any largely autonomous community must fulfil its obligations to the Spanish state, or else it risks having its powers taken away. Reportedly,  Madrid has intention to pursue Catalan president Carles Puigdemont, and vice-president Oriol Junqueras while the other 180 high-ranking civil servants to continue to function. Also instructions were issued for Catalan representations abroad to avoid any kind of “propaganda,” and focus on their administrative tasks.


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