Catalan politicians charged over independence stance
After a year in custody, the Catalan politicians accused of holding an illegal referendum and then unilaterally declaring independence have been charged with rebellion and misuse of public funds, for which they face up to 25 years in prison.
Last Friday’s decision ends hope that the socialist government’s more conciliatory stance might lead to negotiation on the Catalan issue.
María José Segarra, the attorney general of Spain’s supreme court, formally charged Oriol Junqueras, the former Catalan vice-president, along with eight ministers and senior officials with rebellion, and demanded a 25-year sentence for Junqueras and up to 17 years for the others. Josep Lluís Trapero, the former head of the Mossos d’Esquadra, the Catalan police force, has also been charged with rebellion, as have three other senior officers.
Carles Puigdemont, the former president, and five other senior officials who are in self-imposed exile, have not been included as they cannot be charged in absentia.