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Spain finds Catalan leaders guilty of sedition in landmark ruling over independence bid

Updated: 2019-10-14 16:06
Men embrace after learning the Spanish Supreme Court's verdict outside the Lledoners prison in Catalonia where jailed Catalan leaders awaited a verdict in a trial over a banned independence referendum in Sant Joan de Villatorrada, Spain Oct 14, 2019. [Photo/Agencies]

MADRID - Spain's Supreme Court on Monday sentenced nine Catalan separatist leaders to between nine and 13 years in prison for sedition over their role in the region's failed bid for independence in 2017.

The three other defendants in the landmark ruling over a banned referendum and short-lived independence declaration were found guilty only of disobedience and not sentenced to prison. All defendants were acquitted of the most severe charge, rebellion.



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