Catalan leader’s bail plea rejected
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.