Cata­lan leader’s bail plea re­jected

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4 Spain’s supreme court re­fused bail to the ousted Cata­lan vice-pres­i­dent, Oriol Jun­queras, who has been in prison for more than two months. Three judges ruled Jun­queras would re­main in cus­tody on the grounds that he could seek to carry on with the se­ces­sion­ist strug­gle if re­leased.

Jun­queras had told the court he would obey the law if freed. The judges also re­jected claims that Jun­queras, who has been in prison since 2 Novem­ber, was a “po­lit­i­cal pris­oner”.

The rul­ing means Jun­queras is likely to miss the in­au­gu­ral ses­sion of the new Cata­lan par­lia­ment on 17 Jan­uary.

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