Spain pardons jailed Catalan separatist leaders

Spain on Tuesday pardoned all nine separatist leaders jailed for their role in Catalonia’s failed 2017 independence bid in a gesture the government hopes will foster dialogue to keep the region part of Spain, deflating its push for self-determination. The politicians and activists were sentenced in 2019 to between nine and 13 years for sedition… Read More Spain pardons jailed Catalan separatist leaders

Spain set to pardon nine jailed Catalan separatists

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said his government will pardon the nine jailed leaders of Catalonia’s failed 2017 independence bid on Tuesday, saying that seeking reconciliation with the region was in the public interest. But as Sanchez spoke of hopes for “a spirit of dialogue and concord”, separatist protesters in Barcelona clamoured for a new… Read More Spain set to pardon nine jailed Catalan separatists

Catalan leader Peres Aragones seeks amnesty, negotiation for referendum on independence bid

A pardon for jailed Catalan separatist leaders would be a welcome “first step”, but the path to resolving the region’s political conflict with Madrid lies through talks on allowing a vote on independence, the head of the regional government said. Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has indicated in recent weeks he is preparing to pardon… Read More Catalan leader Peres Aragones seeks amnesty, negotiation for referendum on independence bid

Protests erupt as German police detain former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont

Former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont was detained in Germany on Sunday, five months after entering self-imposed exile from Spain, where he faces up to 25 years in prison for organizing an illegal secession referendum last year. Puigdemont had entered Germany from Denmark after leaving Finland on Friday when it appeared that police would arrest him… Read More Protests erupt as German police detain former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont