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Spain: Separatist leaders return to prison in Catalonia after Madrid trial00:35

Spain: Separatist leaders return to prison in Catalonia after Madrid trial

Spain, Sant Joan de Vilatorrada
June 26, 2019 at 15:29 GMT +00:00 · Published

Seven Catalan separatist leaders returned to Lledoners prison in Sant Joan de Vilatorrada on Wednesday after attending a trial at the Supreme Court of Madrid in recent weeks.

Oriol Junqueras, Raul Romeva, Josep Rull, Jordi Turull, Joaquim Forn, Jordi Sanchez and Jordi Cuixart were transferred in two vans, one white and one red, and escorted by vehicles from the Mossos d'Esquadra, the Catalan regional police.

At the gates of the prison, dozens of people with independent Catalan flags and banners with messages such as “freedom for political prisoners" gathered to show their solidarity with the imprisoned politicians, who will await sentencing while inside jail.

On Friday, the Supreme Court refused to grant bail to the Catalan leaders as requested by their lawyers. In a statement issued by the General Council of the Judiciary, they stated that "the magistrates do not appreciate any reason for lifting the precautionary measures once the trial is over, due to the need to safeguard the end of the process, which is already in its final stage”.

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Seven Catalan separatist leaders returned to Lledoners prison in Sant Joan de Vilatorrada on Wednesday after attending a trial at the Supreme Court of Madrid in recent weeks.

Oriol Junqueras, Raul Romeva, Josep Rull, Jordi Turull, Joaquim Forn, Jordi Sanchez and Jordi Cuixart were transferred in two vans, one white and one red, and escorted by vehicles from the Mossos d'Esquadra, the Catalan regional police.

At the gates of the prison, dozens of people with independent Catalan flags and banners with messages such as “freedom for political prisoners" gathered to show their solidarity with the imprisoned politicians, who will await sentencing while inside jail.

On Friday, the Supreme Court refused to grant bail to the Catalan leaders as requested by their lawyers. In a statement issued by the General Council of the Judiciary, they stated that "the magistrates do not appreciate any reason for lifting the precautionary measures once the trial is over, due to the need to safeguard the end of the process, which is already in its final stage”.

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