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By generator123 • 12th Feb 2019 • 155 views • 31 comments

Former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont holds a press conference on February 12, 2019 in Berlin, on the day of the beginning of the trial in Madrid of twelve Catalan separatist leaders involved in an attempt to break from Spain. (Photo by Odd ANDERSEN / AFP)

Twelve Catalan separatist leaders involved in an attempt to break from Spain went on trial on Tuesday under intense scrutiny, as tensions over the future of the region flare again.


The defendants, some of whom have been in pre-trial custody for over a year, sat on benches in the ornate room of Madrid’s Supreme Court, facing seven judges and a discreet Spanish flag in proceedings broadcast live on television.

All are on trial over an independence referendum that was held on October 1, 2017 despite a court ban, as well as a short-lived declaration of independence, which sparked Spain’s worst political crisis since the death of dictator Francisco Franco.


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