Cata­lan politi­cians charged over in­de­pen­dence stance

The Guardian Weekly - - Global report -

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.

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