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Court confirms trial of Catalan 'rebels'

Former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont.
Former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont. / Markus Heine / EFE
  • Carles Puigdemont, and thirteen other Catalan politicians and civic leaders will face trail for their part in the illegal declaration of independence by Catalonia last October

The Supreme Court in Madrid has confirmed that former Catalan president, Carles Puigdemont, and thirteen other Catalan politicians and civic leaders will face trail for their part in the process leading up to the illegal declaration of independence by Catalonia last October.

Up to now the presiding judge had only been considering the evidence, although most had been in prison to prevent escape or reoffending. Others, including the former president himself who is in Germany, had been continuing their self-imposed exile in other European countries while courts there were deciding on Spain's extradition requests.

The court has rejected appeals by some of the detainees against their detention and confirmed that they will face trial on charges of rebellion, embezzlement and disobedience.