Two Catalan independence leaders taken into custody by Spanish national court

16 Oct

Two prominent Catalan independence leaders were on Monday night sent to prison by Spain’s National Court while they are investigated for alleged crimes of sedition

Jordi Sanchez of the Catalan National Assembly, and Jordi Cuixart of Omnium Cultural are being investigated for their role in protests against police in the run up to the banned independence vote.

The two men have been accused of leading a tense night of protests in Barcelona on September 20, as police carried out sweeping raids and arrested several Catalan officials. 

Mr Cuixart and Mr Sanchez, who as he went to court on Monday morning said he was “convinced we will return to sleep at home tonight”, will now be held without bail while they are investigated on the possible charges, which carry a sentence of up to 15 years in prison.

The pair had been at the forefront of the protests which drew tens of thousands to the Catalan economy department while national police carried out a raid inside. 

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