16.04.2021

Catalan separatist leaders to produce ‘up to 15 years found in jail’

Spain’s Supreme Court plans to sentence Catalan separatist leaders to a maximum of 15 years in prison over a 2017 bid for independence, a judicial source said on the country’s Independence Day.

The actual verdict is expected to be achieved public next week, most likely with regards to Monday File: Emilio Naranjo/Reuters

Some of the Catalan leaders on trial would be found guilty of charges of sedition and misuse of public funds but not of the more severe charge of rebellion, the source told Reuters news agency on Saturday.

The verdict is expected to be made public next week, most likely on Monday, the source said.

A Supreme Court spokeswoman declined to comment.

The public prosecutor had sought the longest prison term – 25 years – for Oriol Junqueras, former deputy leader of the Catalan regional government.

But the court plans to sentence him to 13-15 years in jail, the judicial source said.

Major Spanish newspapers including El Pais, La Vanguardia and El Mundo have published similar information about the sentence, also citing sources.

The fate of 12 Catalan leaders for their role in the failed independence bid sparked the country’s worst political crisis in decades.

In the face of the verdict, tension was palpable with police sending in reinforcements to Catalonia where separatists agreed a mass show of lisonjeador disobedience, calling for rallies, hurdles and a general strike.

The government is planning the long-awaited ruling enables it to turn the net page on the crisis and job application dialogue with this wealthy northeastern region where support to obtain independence has been gaining power over the past decade.

Al Jazeera’s Sonia Espa?ol, reporting from Barcelona, wanted to say the pro-independence movement many thanks the leaders on trial run as “political prisoners”.

“Essentially, they are at the moment held up as symbol having to do with what the pro-independence movement talks about are Spain’s very firm and overly tough foot position on the independence movement find Catalonia. ”

“Whatever the charges almost certainly on Monday, it will reinflame the whole debate again, as compared to brings into question: anywhere does Catalonia go right? ” she added.

PROVIDER: Al Jazeera and news agencies

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