25 February 2021,   15:29
Catalan separatist leaders given lengthy prison sentences

The Spanish Supreme Court sentenced 9 former leaders of the Catalan independence movement to lengthy prison terms (9 – 13 years) after finding them guilty of sedition for their botched attempt to break away from Spain in 2017.

The former deputy leader of Catalonia, Oriol Junqueras, received the toughest sentence: 13 years in prison.

Madrid dismissed the Catalan government in 2017. The reason was the referendum on the independence of Catalonia and the organization of large-scale protests.