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Spanish court orders detention of 8 former Catalan ministers

Spanish court orders detention of 8 former Catalan ministers

This came after the regional government voted to declare the independence of the north-eastern region. On Tuesday, the Spanish government said Catalonia will have a regional election in December.

Puigdemont and four others fled to Belguim after the three day ultimatum to pay a deposit of €6.2m ($7.2m) to cover potential liabilities which was stated in the court summons, expired. His flight appears to have cost some support for his cause at home.

Several hundred people took part in another protest called after the nine leaders were ordered held in custody, many fewer than the hundreds of thousands who staged several demonstrations for independence over the last two months. "A government democratically elected at the ballot box is in jail". With Puigdemont and four others in Belgium, only 15 turned up. Ninety percent of voters were in favor of separating from Spain. The six had been summoned to court for questioning by a judge. But instead, magistrate Carmen Lamela chose to jail eight of the politicians, only setting bail for Santi Vila, who had opposed last week's unilateral declaration.

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A lawyer for several of the jailed Catalan leaders said they would appeal against the judge's decision. The probe could lead to charges of rebellion and sedition.

On October 27th, the pro-independence majority in the northeastern region's parliament hurriedly approved a declaration of independence. It was as yet unknown why their hearings were adjourned by the court, which deals with cases involving lawmakers.


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