“We’re trying to stay focused on this trial,” he said, “but we know that when politics change, everything can change.”, Catalan Leaders’ Trial Starts, and Spain’s Government Fights for Its Survival. Within the main chamber of the frescoed Supreme Court building, which was built in the 18th century, a panel of seven justices and the 12 defendants listened to opening arguments on Tuesday. Both the Spanish Attorney General’s Office and. They were originally accused of sedition by the attorney general in September, and their imprisonment was ordered on October 16, 2017, by Spanish judge Carmen Lamela. His indictment also states he understood the risk of violence related to the referendum but chose to go forward regardless. First phase of the independence trial over after pro-independence leaders testify in Spain’s Supreme Court. On Tuesday, María Jesús Montero, Spain’s budget minister, told lawmakers that the trial and conflict over Catalonia had “polarized” the debate over the budget, but insisted that “this government will not cede to any blackmail” from separatist lawmakers. A handful of indicted politicians are missing from the trial, however, including Carles Puigdemont, the former leader of Catalonia, who fled to Brussels and has successfully resisted Spain’s attempts to extradite him. Jordi Turull, a lawyer and PDeCAT member whose political career began in 1987, had been a deputy in the Catalan parliament since 2004 when he was chosen as the counsellor and spokesman of the presidency by Puigdemont in 2017. the Solicitor General of Spain asked for 7 years for Mundo. The trial of Catalonia independence leaders, legally named Causa Especial 20907/2017 and popularly known as the Causa del procés, was an oral trial that began on 12 February 2019 in the Supreme Court of Spain. #Catalan #Catalonia #Trial Twelve people are accused of calling a referendum and declaring independence in 2017 despite Spain’s opposition, including grassroots activists and some of Catalonia’s top political leaders. They faced accusations of encouraging violence against Spanish national police during the protests, but numerous media outlets have published a video of the two men climbing on top of a car to ask demonstrators to remain peaceful. Madrid trial of separatists seen as the most important since Spain’s return to democracy The 12 separatist leaders sit at their trial at the Spanish supreme court in Madrid. Since then, pro-independence Catalan politicians and activists have been held in pre-trial detention on charges of rebellion, disobedience, and embezzlement of public funds for their alleged roles in the referendum and subsequent declaration of independence from Spain. Carme Forcadell, the former president of the Catalan parliament, was charged with rebellion and accused of voting for independence ahead of the declaration of independence. Santi Vila was a long-time member of the CDC and subsequently PDeCAT. In the surrounding streets, a few protesters, some of whom carried Spanish flags, denounced Mr. Sánchez for his handling of the Catalan conflict and called for his ouster — a small echo of the anti-government demonstration that drew tens of thousands of people on Sunday. (CNN) The leaders of the failed 2017 Catalan independence movement appeared in court on Tuesday for the start of a long-awaited trial that has the whole of Spain talking. She has been active in local politics since 1995 and is the daughter of Jacint Borras, one of the founders of the now-defunct pro-independence Democratic Convergence of Catalonia (CDC). The Spanish Attorney General’s Office is asking for 16 years‘ imprisonment, while the Solicitor General of Spain demanded 11 years for Bassa. A verdict is expected in the trial of Catalan leaders for their role in the region’s failed independence bid from Spain in October 2017. Bassa was charged with rebellion and embezzlement for using her ministry to assume part of the costs related to the independence referendum. The Spanish Attorney General’s Office is asking for 17 years‘ imprisonment, while the Solicitor General of Spain demanded 10 years. The secessionist conflict has split Catalan society, but it has also helped reshape Spain’s politics. Twelve separatist Catalan leaders appeared in Spain's Supreme Court in Madrid on Tuesday, facing charges including rebellion and misuse of public funds. The Spanish Attorney General’s Office is asking for 25 years’ imprisonment, while the Solicitor General of Spain demanded 12 years. Some of the defendants face up to 25 years in prison if found guilty, but the sentences should be “much heavier,” Mr. Pulido said. The Spanish Attorney General’s Office is asking for 16 years. imprisonment for Romeva, while the Solicitor General of Spain demanded 11 years. Mundo made a surprise announcement that he was leaving politics in January 2018, shortly after he was freed. Borras, who was the counsellor of government and institutional relations under Puigdemont, has been charged with disobedience and embezzlement. The case was tried by seven judges and was chaired by judge Manuel Marchena. Junqueras, a former history teacher, mayor, and member of the European Parliament, still heads the ERC from prison, giving him considerable political sway in national Spanish politics. Twelve defendants will stand trial before the Spanish Supreme Court, According to court filings, their lawyers intend to claim that the Catalan separatists are being prosecuted for their. Catalan secessionist leaders charged with rebellion were moved from Barcelona to Madrid for the ‘trial of the century’. The defendants are being tried for their role in the failed push for independence in 2017. imprisonment, while the Solicitor General of Spain demanded 11 years for Bassa. Pero resulta que los Jordis subieron para pedir calma a la gente y desconvocar la manifestación.pic.twitter.com/5EHglWqXF4, — Joan Mangues (@jmangues) January 30, 2019. successfully resisted Spain’s attempts to extradite him. They face up to 25 years behind bars on charges of rebellion and other offences for pushing an independence referendum in October 2017 in defiance of a court ban, and for a brief declaration of independence. Oriol Junqueras is one of a dozen former political leaders facing trial over his region's independence bid in October 2017. The remaining three had been free on bail. A highly anticipated court case begins in Spain on Tuesday, as 12 Catalan leaders face trial for their alleged role in their region’s failed bid for independence. Romeva told Reuters news agency the imprisoned “see the trial as an opportunity to address public opinion and society in Catalonia, Spain and obviously at an international level.”, The Catalan leaders are accused of crimes “we have not committed”, said Romeva, adding: “That is why the only possible sentence is [an] acquittal.”. The Catalan separatist leaders were indicted on charges that include rebellion, after holding an independence referendum and then declaring independence in October 2017 — moves the Spanish courts ruled unconstitutional. Both the Spanish Attorney General’s Office and the Solicitor General of Spain asked for 7 years for Mundo. If a majority of lawmakers reject it, including Catalan lawmakers who have so far backed the prime minister, he will almost certainly be forced to call elections. Nine of them were handed jail terms and three were fined Catalan vice president: 13 years Leaders of the Catalan National Assembly (ANC) and Omnium Cultural (OC) – two pro-independence civil society organisations – will also stand trial. He has been charged with rebellion and embezzlement. He faces charges of rebellion and embezzlement and is accused of pushing forward with the referendum in spite of understanding the “grave risk” of violence related to it. Four hours earlier, in a chilly pre-dawn scene, television camera operators and photographers started gathering, to get a good position, outside of the stately 18th-century courthouse. Speaking outside the courtroom, Mr. Van den Eynde, the defense lawyer, said a trial that he views as already politicized could be influenced by a snap election. Te cuentan que subir a un coche es delito de rebelión y 20 años de cárcel. Oriol Junqueras, the former deputy leader of Catalonia, occupied the frontbench. Raul Romeva, a Catalan politician, former MEP, economist and analyst, was the head of foreign affairs under Puigdemont. Vila paid a 50,000 euro ($57,000) bail in November 2017 and resigned from PDeCAT in June 2018. the Solicitor General of Spain have asked for a seven-year sentence. Forn has a long political history in Barcelona, serving as a member of the city’s municipal council since 1999 and first deputy mayor from 2011 to 2015. by ACN | Madrid. The minority government of Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez faces a crucial parliamentary vote on his national budget on Wednesday. Twelve Catalan separatist leaders, most of them members of the former regional government, were convicted by Spain's Supreme Court on Monday for their role in a controversial independence bid in 2017. Spain has deployed more police in Catalonia, amid fears that a guilty ruling could spark more protests in the wealthy north-eastern region. The trial against Catalan independence leaders, set to have a major political impact on Spain, is starting on February 12. Carles Mundo, a lawyer, former counsellor of justice under Puigdemont and ERC member, was imprisoned along with Junqueras in November 2017 following the independence declaration. Mr. Sánchez came into office unexpectedly in June, after winning a vote of no-confidence against the previous conservative government, with the backing of Basque and Catalan nationalist lawmakers. He has been in pre-trial detention since March 2018. As 12 Catalan separatist leaders prepare to go on trial in Madrid, Spain has been forced to defend the independence and impartiality of its courts. According to court filings, their lawyers intend to claim the Catalan separatists are being prosecuted for their political beliefs, such as Catalan nationalism, and the act of voting. But Quim Torra, the leader of the regional government, has insisted that his party would not back the national budget unless Mr. Sánchez agreed to consider another independence referendum, which the prime minister has refused to do. Twelve people, ten of them pro-independence Catalan politicians, and two others, leaders of major pro-independence civil groups in 2017, are accused of a series of offences including rebellion and sedition, related to the political crisis centred on Catalonia. The two Jordis are pro-independence civil society leaders – Sanchez of the ANC and Cuixart of the OC. Oriol Junqueras, the former vice president, is the highest-ranking member of the former Catalan government to stand trial before the Spanish Supreme Court. The trial, at Madrid's Supreme Court, follows Catalonia's independence referendum and failed attempt to secede from Spain in October 2017. The trial is expected to last at least three months. Insurrection, violence, uprising, and coercion. MADRID — The simmering conflict over Catalan independence roared back to the center of Spanish attention on Tuesday, as 12 people went on trial for their roles in … Both the Spanish Attorney General’s Office and the Solicitor General of Spain have asked for a seven-year sentence. Protests as Catalan leaders face trial: in pictures. The 12 separatist leaders face up to 25 years in jail on charges of rebellion, sedition and misappropriation of public funds. According to court filings, their lawyers intend to claim that the Catalan separatists are being prosecuted for their Catalan nationalist political beliefs and the act of voting. MADRID — After listening to 422 witnesses in four months, the Spanish Supreme Court on Wednesday closed the trial of 12 leaders of the Catalan independence movement accused … Catalan separatist leaders on trial in Spain. Rights groups, including Amnesty International, have asked for their release. He was the counsellor of business and culture at the time of the independence referendum and has been charged with embezzlement and disobedience in relation to his alleged involvement. As Sarah Morice reports the court case is being described as the most important since Spain's return to democracy after General Franco's death. Romeva told Reuters news agency the imprisoned, “see the trial as an opportunity to address public opinion and society in Catalonia, Spain and obviously at an international level.”. To stay in office, he needs to maintain the support of the separatist parties that have governed in Catalonia, the wealthy northeastern region of Spain, since 2015. Llarena accused Turull of propelling mobilisations in favour of the referendum and designing and managing the referendum’s advertising. Who are the 12 Catalan leaders facing years in prison? Prosecutors have called for sentences of up to 25 years. If a majority of lawmakers reject it, including Catalan lawmakers who have so far backed the prime minister, he will almost certainly be forced to call elections. SHARE. The trial of 12 Catalan leaders facing charges of rebellion and sedition opened in Madrid on Tuesday. Testimonies of Catalan leaders on trial in 12 quotes . Catalan secessionist leaders charged with rebellion were moved from Barcelona to Madrid for the ‘trial of the century’. Protesters carrying Spanish flags outside the Supreme Court in Madrid on Tuesday. Meritxell Borras is a prominent figure in Catalan politics. “We have always been betting on political dialogue within our constitutional framework, but we have to make clear the framework — nothing outside our constitutional order,” she said. Twelve Catalan separatist leaders went on trial in Madrid on Tuesday over a failed independence bid that laid bare historical divisions and triggered Spain's biggest political crisis in decades. The most high-profile of the Catalan leaders on trial is former Vice-President Oriol Junqueras. He was released on bail in December 2017 after winning re-election in the regional vote called by the Spanish government. Spain’s Supreme Court is expected to issue a verdict in the trial of Catalan separatist leaders over their role in an independence referendum in 2017. The long-awaited trial of the leaders of the Catalan independence movement is underway. Vila paid a 50,000 euro ($57,000) bail in November 2017 and resigned from PDeCAT in June 2018. The Spanish Attorney General’s Office is asking for 16 years‘ imprisonment, while the Solicitor General of Spain demanded 11 years. Almost every aspect of the criminal case has been the subject of intense political feuding, from the location of the trial — in Madrid rather than Barcelona — to the decision by Spain’s judiciary to deny bail for most of the defendants and to keep them in prison since late 2017. Junqueras told Politico in an interview he will “only consider acquittal” and will not ask for a pardon if found guilty. More than a year has passed since Catalonia’s regional parliament voted to declare independence from Spain following a contested referendum that saw Spanish police violently disperse Catalan voters. Politico in an interview he will “only consider acquittal” and will not ask for a pardon if found guilty. Dolors Bassa is an educator and trade unionist who began her political career in 2007. imprisonment, while the Solicitor General of Spain demanded 11 years. Carles Puigdemont, the former leader of Catalonia, fled to Brussels and has successfully resisted Spain’s attempts to extradite him back to Madrid. imprisonment, while the Solicitor General of Spain demanded 10 years. Opposition politicians want Mr. Sánchez to hold a general election on May 26, when Spain is already to hold municipal and regional elections, as well as votes for the European Parliament. The trial of 12 Catalan independence politicians and activists over their role in the 2017 attempt to break Catalonia from Spain started on Tuesday at Madrid’s Supreme Court. Both the Spanish Attorney General’s Office and the Solicitor General of Spain have asked for a sentence of seven years. The highly-anticipated trial of 12 Catalan leaders, for their failed bid to break away the region of Catalonia, from Spain, was due to begin at 10 a.m. at Spain's Supreme Court in Madrid. Twelve defendants will stand trial before the Spanish Supreme Court on Tuesday for their alleged roles in the events leading to the October 2017 declaration. Twelve Catalan separatist leaders have gone on trial in Madrid over a failed independence bid that laid bare historical divisions and triggered   Spain ‘s biggest political crisis in decades. The eagerly anticipated trial before the Spanish Supreme Court in Madrid has drawn enormous attention and is being broadcast live on national television, but it could soon be overshadowed by the political crisis unfolding just blocks away, in Parliament. The defendants face a combined total of roughly 200 years in prison if they are given maximum sentences. “I rely on the judges to do what the politicians haven’t done and put an end to any attempt to destroy Spain,” said Santiago Pulido, a house painter, who held a sign with a drawing of two defendants with devil’s horns. Catalan Trial: click here full details of those accused, the charges, and the accusers. Catalan politicians face life sentences. Mr. Sánchez’s attempt to renew political dialogue with the separatists was recently labeled as treason by the leader of Spain’s conservative party, Pablo Casado. Spain’s Public Prosecutor called the 2017 Catalan independence push “a coup d’état” during the closing arguments on Tuesday – at the Supreme Court trial of 12 Catalan political leaders. Andreu Van den Eynde, a lawyer for Mr. Junqueras who opened the proceedings, cast the case as a matter of free expression, the right to protest and the right to vote. The centrist CDC was the foremost secessionist party until its members voted to dissolve and reform in 2016, partly due to its many corruption scandals. Borras, who was the counsellor of government and institutional relations under Puigdemont, has been charged with disobedience and embezzlement. Both t. the Solicitor General of Spain have asked for a sentence of seven years. The trial of 12 Catalan separatist leaders in Madrid is of “paramount importance to Spain’s reputation as a modern democracy”, the Spanish ambassador to London, Carlos Bastarreche, has said in … The Spanish Attorney General’s Office is asking for 16 years‘ imprisonment, while the Solicitor General of Spain demanded 11 years. On Wednesday, Mr. Sánchez’s minority Socialist government faces a crucial parliamentary vote on his national budget. The defendants face a combined total of roughly 200 years in prison if they are given maximum sentences. Many of its former members went on to join PDeCAT. The Spanish Attorney General’s Office is asking for 16 years‘ imprisonment for Romeva, while the Solicitor General of Spain demanded 11 years. He was charged with embezzlement and disobedience. 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With Spain’s government hanging in the balance, the Supreme Court is under intense pressure to demonstrate that it can remain impartial and above politics in a case that has ignited passions and recriminations. Opponents of secessionism, on the other hand, hope that prison sentences for Catalan leaders will deter illegal attempts to break up Spain. Some stand accused of a violent uprising – one they say never happened. She was accused of “medullary” involvement as the former president of ANC, a position she held from 2012 to 2015. She was elected to the parliament of Catalonia in 2015 and served as the counsellor of labour, social affairs and families under Puigdemont. imprisonment for both, while the Solicitor General of Spain demanded eight years. Most of the politicians to stand trial come from two political parties: the Catalan Republican Left (ERC) and the centrist Catalan European Democratic Party (PDeCAT). The two men helped organise large pro-independence protests in the days before the October 1, 2017, referendum and are charged with sedition and rebellion. The defendants, he argued, have already faced legal proceeding in which “every constitutional right has been restricted.”. He is charged with rebellion and embezzlement. Rull, a PDeCAT member and parliamentarian for 20 years, was the counsellor for territory and sustainability under Puigdemont. Hundreds of witnesses will be heard. The trial of 12 Catalan separatists has begun in Spain. The two Jordis are pro-independence civil society leaders – Sanchez of the ANC, The Spanish Attorney General’s Office is asking for 17 years. Others, such as former Catalan President Carles Puigdemont, have fled Spain to avoid charges and lobby for Catalonia’s independence in the European Union. Who are the 12 Catalan leaders facing years in prison? Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont is not on trial because he fled Spain in late October 2017 and has avoided extradition requests. Joaquim Forn, the former Catalan minister of interior who oversaw carrying out the attorney general’s orders in Catalonia, is also charged with rebellion and embezzlement. The defendants’ supporters see the conditions as reinforcing the independence movement’s complaints about an oppressive central government. 02 March 2019 11:10 AM. Supreme Court Judge Pablo Llarena accused Romeva of trying to create the “structures of a [Catalan] state” independent from Spain and of trying to promote the acceptance of a Catalan state in his role in the European Parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs. Rull was accused of playing a “significant” role in the independence movement since 2015, as well as stopping Spanish national police from carrying out efforts to stop the independence referendum. 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