BREAKING: Spain’s National Court jails former Catalan ministers as crackdown continues

Thursday, November 2, 2017
By Paul Martin

SPAIN’S National Court has jailed a number of former Catalan ministers, including Vice President Oriol Junqueras.

Thu, Nov 2, 2017

Oriol Junqueras and Ministers Turull, Josep Rull, Foreign Affairs Minister Raül Romeva, Interior Minister Joaquim Forn, Justice Minister Carles Mundó, Bassa, Borràs.

A European arrest warrant for ousted President Carles Puigdemont has also been issued, according to Catalan newspaper La Vanguardia.

A Spanish judge said she had ordered eight Catalan leaders, including former rice-president Oriol Junqueras, to be remanded in custody pending an investigation into Catalonia’s independence push and a potential trial.

Another, Santi Vila, who stepped down from the Catalan cabinet before a unilateral declaration of independence last Friday and has since then been pushing for a negotiated solution with the government, was granted bail of €50,000.

The request also covers four other dismissed Catalan ministers who did not show up.

Spain has been in a constitutional crisis since the referendum was held on October 1 in defiance of a Constitutional Court ruling that had declared it illegal.

Last week, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy imposed direct rule on Catalonia, dissolving the regional parliament and calling local elections for December 21.

This came after the regional government voted to declare the independence of the north-eastern region.

The Catalan government said that of the 43% of potential voters who took part in the referendum, 90% were in favour of independence.

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