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Catalan politicians involved with the independence referendum face exile or prison sentence

The independence referendum, prohibited by the central government in Catalonia, was carried out on 1 October 2017, despite all pressures and obstructions.

Following the declaration of independence in Catalonia, the trial of 12 politicians who supported independence will begin to be seen in February. 

Carlos Lesmes, President of the Spanish Supreme Court, said the trial proceedings could begin on 7 or 12 February. 

Lesmes announced that the exact date would be officially announced on Monday.

On 1 October 2017, the prosecutor’s office demanded heavy penalties for ‘rebellion ‘separatism’  and ‘abuse of office“ on the part of those who organized the independence referendum in Catalonia on 1 October 2017. 

Among them, former Vice President of the Autonomous Region of Catalonia Oriol Junqueras is at risk for 25 years in prison.

At the beginning of November, the prosecutor of the Supreme Court of Spain asked for prison sentences ranging from 7 years to 25 years to 12 out of 18 Catalan politicians. Currently there are 9 detained officials.

The independence referendum, prohibited by the central government in Catalonia, was carried out on 1 October 2017, despite all pressures and obstructions. Following the referendum, on October 27, the Catalonia parliament had declared independence.

The government of Spain has abolished the regional government and parliament and put it under its guardianship. 

Osman SEZER
Email: osman@thelondonpost.co.uk

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