Catalan Independence Leaders Fight To Be Released from Spanish Jails

The independence-minded Catalans continue their fight against the brute boot of Madrid, the capital of the Spanish Federation.

Shortly after the protests to Spanish attempts to shut down the independence referendum, Catalan independence leaders were jailed.

Now, some of those leaders are taking their fight to be released from prison to Spanish courts, and they have a lot of backers behind them.

Catalonia independence backers attempt to secure jail release

Three backers of Catalonia’s independence have sought to secure release from jail for their role in the region’s push to break from Spain which triggered the country’s worst political crisis in decades.

Former Catalan interior minister Joaquim Forn, Jordi Sanchez, a member of the pro-independence National Catalan Assembly civic group, and Catalan activist Jordi Cuixart made their case for release from provisional jail to a Supreme Court judge.

A ruling from judge Pablo Llarena is not expected on Thursday.

Mr Forn was one of several regional ministers jailed on provisional charges of rebellion after the Catalan parliament unilaterally – and unsuccessfully – declared the region’s independence on October 27.

The move prompted the Spanish government in Madrid to dissolve the regional parliament and call fresh elections that were held last month.

Mr Sanchez and Mr Forn were elected on separatist party tickets in that ballot, which took place amid political turmoil in the wealthy north-eastern region of Spain.

Mr Sanchez and Mr Cuixart had previously been jailed on provisional sedition charges related to preparations for an October 1 independence referendum in Catalonia which the Constitutional Court had said could not go ahead.

Mr Sanchez acknowledged to the judge that the region’s October 1 referendum on independence was not legally valid, according to lawyers.



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