Madrid hails European Parliament’s decision to lift the immunity of Carles Puigdemont and two other Catalan separatist lawmakers, saying it showed the Catalonia issue was to be resolved within Spain.
Carles Puigdemont handed himself in after Spain issued a new warrant for his arrest following the sentencing of 12 of his former colleagues. Thousands gathered in Barcelona, Spain on Friday to protest the jailing of the separatist Catalan leaders.
Divisions over the secession drive that roiled Spain in 2017 have re-surfaced on the streets of the Catalonia’s main city Barcelona since the Supreme Court sentenced nine politicians and activists to up to 13 years in jail.
Supreme Court jails nine separatist leaders to between nine and 13 years for sedition over banned 2017 referendum and independence declaration, sparking angry protests in Barcelona.
Dozen ex-officials and activists on trial tell the Spanish Supreme Court in Madrid that long-running secession efforts in Catalonia were part of a political conflict with national authorities and didn't belong in a courtroom.
Pro-independence Catalan leaders that flout the law are turning the question of independence into a counterproductive binary of good versus evil.
Alvaro Longoria, who made the film about the crisis sparked by Catalonia's failed 2017 independence bid along with Gerardo Olivares, picked up the Cinema for Peace Foundation award from Puigdemont's hands in Berlin.
A dozen defendants are being tried on rebellion and other charges stemming from their roles in pushing ahead with a unilateral independence declaration of Catalonia in October 2017.
A year after the contested October 1, 2017 referendum on Catalonia's independence, disagreements over separatism have nevertheless deepened in the wealthy northeastern region of Spain.
As Madrid rejected Catalonia's referendum results on October 1 last year, the country's affluent autonomous region continues to hold on to its secessionist sentiment.
The move comes after a German court ruled that separatist Carles Puigdemont could only be extradited on charges related to misuse of public funds.
A German court decided to allow former Catalonian leader Carles Puigdemont's extradition to Spain for misuse of public funds. If extradited, he will not be tried for rebellion.
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