Bail Set for Catalan Parliament Speaker

Nov 11, 2017, 00:51

They will also be released on bail at €25,000 ($29,000), the court ruled.

A Supreme Court judge jailed Catalan regional parliament speaker Carme Forcadell on Thursday and set bail at 150,000 euros ($175,000) after she agreed to either renounce future political activity or do it within the constitutional framework. "With an easy conscience for having acted correctly: to guarantee freedom of expression in (the Catalan) Parliament, headquarters of the national sovereignty".

After questioning the lawmakers, magistrate Pablo Llarena jailed only Forcadell immediately. However, in his ruling, the judge wrote: "All the accused. have expressed that either they renounce future political activity or, those that remain active, will do it renouncing any actions outside the constitutional framework".

Spain's Supreme Court says a judge has ordered the release of Catalan parliament speaker after bail has been posted.

Eight former members of the Catalan government and the leaders of the two main pro-independence grassroots groups are already in custody, awaiting trial on sedition charges for their parts in the October 1 vote, ruled illegal by Spanish courts.

The speaker of Catalonia's parliament has been told she must pay a £130,000 bail after being held on rebellion charges for her role in the region's declaration of independence. Van den Eynde said the judge's decision had come too late on Thursday for Forcadell that day, adding that she would remain in custody until at least Friday.

Eight former members of the Catalan government and the leaders of the two main pro-independence grassroots groups remain in custody awaiting trial at the High Court on charges of rebellion and sedition.

A court spokeswoman said Friday that the 150,000-euro bond had been paid.

Catalonia's sacked separatist leader Carles Puigdemont and four of his former ministers were released with conditions in Belgium after turning themselves in to face a Spanish warrant for their arrest.

Lawyers familiar with the proceedings told local media that Forcadell testified in Spain's Supreme Court that the vote to declare independence was merely symbolic.

The Spanish government responded by seizing control of the wealthy northeastern region, the first time in the four decades since Gen. Francisco Franco's dictatorship ended that Madrid removed powers from any of the country's 17 regions. They were called by Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy after dissolving the Catalan parliament under the application of the Article 155.

Lawmakers opted to split from Spain, claiming they had a mandate after a referendum on October 1 in which 90 percent of voters backed secession.

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