TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC)-The 12 Catalan politicians will be tried at the Spanish Supreme Court on Tuesday for their role in facilitating an independence referendum in October 2017 and a unilateral independence declaration subsequently passed by separatist parties in the regional Catalan parliament.
Spain’s conservative government at the time removed the then-regional Catalan president Carles Puigdemont and dissolved Catalonia’s parliament, calling snap local elections in December that year.
Some Catalan separatist leaders were arrested. Others, including Puigdemont, fled.
The trials are expected to last for three months.
Raul Romeva, one of the nine defendants jailed without bail since late 2017 facing the charge of rebellion, has said the trials should end with an acquittal.
“A (prison) sentence would weigh forever on history and on Spain’s future,” Romeva told Reuters in an interview conducted by email from jail.
At the time of his arrest, Romeva was foreign minister in Catalonia’s regional government and a member of the European Parliament.
The public prosecutor is seeking prison terms of up to 25 years for the Catalan leaders over charges of rebellion and misuse of public funds.