Fired Catalan vice chairman Oriol Junqueras, heart, arrives on the nationwide court docket in Madrid, Spain, Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017. Some of the 14-member ousted Catalan cupboard had been anticipated to seem earlier than a choose in Madrid on Thursday for questioning as a part of a insurrection probe for pushing forward with a declaration of independence from Spain. (Paul White/Associated Press)
By Ciaran Giles and Aritz Parra | AP By Ciaran Giles and Aritz Parra | AP November 2 at four:26 AM
MADRID — Ousted Catalan authorities members and lawmakers started arriving at two Spanish courts in Madrid on Thursday to face doable fees of insurrection for having declared the area’s independence.
Twenty regional politicians, together with sacked regional authorities president Carles Puigdemont, had been known as to seem after the chief prosecutor demanded they be charged with insurrection, sedition and embezzlement following the Catalan parliament’s declaration of secession Oct. 27.
Spain took the unprecedented step of seizing management of Catalonia following the declaration and later sacked the cupboard, dissolved the regional Parliament and known as recent regional elections for Dec. 21.
Puigdemont, who fled to Belgium with a few of his ex-Cabinet members, will stay in Belgium and never seem, in response to his lawyer, which may set off a warrant for his arrest and an extradition petition.
The group summoned contains Puigdemont’s 13-member former Cabinet and 6 parliamentary board members.
Puigdemont’s No. 2, Oriol Junqueras, was the primary to reach on the National Court. He went in accompanied by legal professionals, pbading by dozens of journalists, declining to reply questions.
The crimes being probed are punishable by as much as 30 years in jail underneath Spanish regulation.
Puigdemont stated he and 6 ex-ministers went to Brussels some days in the past for “freedom and safety.”
Two of the ex-ministers returned to Spain and had been scheduled to be amongst an estimated 15 lawmakers anticipated to seem. Four ex-ministers had been to stick with Puigdemont.
Besides the ex-Cabinet members, six regional parliament members are to seem earlier than the Supreme Court in a parallel probe. They embrace former Catalan parliament speaker Carme Forcadell, one of many main figures of the pro-independence motion in Catalonia for a few years.
About two dozen politicians and elected officers from Catalan separatist events gathered on the gates of the Supreme Court in a present of help for them.
Assumptio Lailla, a former lawmaker with Catalonia’s Democrats celebration, stated she had traveled to Madrid becoming a member of round 100 different politicians and elected officers to indicate help to these investigated within the insurrection probe.
“This is an unjust situation in which they are being investigated for facilitating democracy,” she stated. “I don’t understand how Europe can look away from democracy.”
The supporters greeted among the lawmakers which are being questioned Tuesday on the Supreme Court cheering and shouting: “Freedom, Freedom” and “we are not afraid.”
Across the road, half a dozen protesters with Spanish flags had been stopped by police. They shouted on the Catalan politicians, “cowards” and “to jail, to jail.”
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