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Catalan Parliament Speaker released on bail

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By Euronews
Catalan Parliament Speaker released on bail

Catalonia’s parliament speaker has been released from from custody after posting bail of 150,000 euros.

It follows a marathon court hearing on Thursday that saw Carme Forcadell and several colleagues summoned to answer charges of rebellion.

A judge at the Supreme Court in the Spanish capital ruled that Forcadell could be freed on bail once the cash is handed over.

Four other lawmakers were allowed to walk free but must find bail of 25,000 euros while a fifth was released without bail.

They were summoned to court for enabling an Oct. 27 declaration of independence that prompted the Spanish government to dissolve the Catalan parliament and sack the regional administration.

Eight former members of the Catalan government and the leaders of the two main pro-independence grassroots groups remain in custody awaiting trial at the High Court on charges of rebellion and sedition.

On Thursday, the High Court rejected an appeal presented by their lawyers for their release, a court spokeswoman said.

Forcadell’s role in Catalonia’s push for independence sparked strong feelings outside the Supreme Court, with some demonstrators defending Spanish unity while others rallied in support of a Catalan breakaway.

On Tuesday, Puigdemont’s PDeCAT party failed to agree on a united ticket to contest a regional election with another secessionist party, making it difficult for the pro-independence camp to govern Catalonia after the vote and press ahead with its bid to split from Spain.

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy called the election next month following the independence declaration, which the Constitutional Court ruled was against the constitution.

with Reuters