Catalonia: Sacked leaders summoned to Madrid court

Media captionCarles Puigdemont pronounced on Tuesday that Spain has a ‘democratic deficit’

Sacked members of Catalonia’s informal supervision have been systematic to seem in Spain’s high justice to face rebellion and mutiny charges, after October’s doubtful autonomy referendum.

Madrid’s justice summoned 13 officials as good as former Catalan personality Carles Puigdemont, who has already pronounced he will omit a order.

“This is a domestic trial,” pronounced Mr Puigdemont, who is now in Belgium.

Prosecutors could sequence a officials’ detain if they destroy to seem in court.

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Pro-unity demonstrators hold mass rallies in Catalonia’s collateral Barcelona on Sunday

Spain has been gripped by a inherent predicament given a referendum was hold on 1 Oct in rebuttal of a inherent justice statute that had announced it illegal.

Last week, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy imposed approach sequence on Catalonia, dissolving a informal council and job snap internal elections.

This came after Catalan lawmakers voted to announce autonomy of a abundant north-eastern region.

The Catalan supervision pronounced that of a 43% of intensity electorate who took partial in a referendum, 90% were in foster of independence.

What is approaching in a Madrid court?

On Monday, Spain’s arch prosecutor pronounced a Catalan leaders were indicted of rebellion – that carries a limit 30-year jail tenure – as good as mutiny and injustice of funds.

They were systematic to seem in Madrid’s Audiencia National (high court) on Thursday morning for questioning.

They are nonetheless to be rigourously charged.

A decider will have to confirm either a officials should go to jail tentative an review that could potentially lead to a trial.

The decider can also extend them redeeming bail and sequence them to obey their passports.

Media captionPeople voiced churned views on a leader

It is misleading how many of those summoned will indeed seem in court.

However, Mr Puigdemont progressing done it transparent he would not be entrance to Madrid.

“Those summonses are partial of record that miss any authorised basement and usually find to retaliate ideas. This is a domestic trial,” he pronounced in a statement.

Mr Puigdemont formerly pronounced he would lapse to Spain if he and his colleagues perceived guarantees of a satisfactory trial.

The Spanish supervision insists it has no change over a country’s judiciary, a BBC’s Tom Burridge in Barcelona says.

But if those Catalan politicians appearing in justice are denied bail it will means serve annoy among those who wish Catalonia to mangle away, the match adds.

The justice summons also gave them 3 days to compensate a deposition of €6.2m ($7.2m) to cover intensity liabilities.