Separatists in Catalonia dismissed the trial as a politically-motivated farceMADRID: Catalan separatist leaders accused of rebellion for trying to make their region independent from Spain launched their defence on Tuesday at the start of a long-awaited trial. Nine of them are charged with rebellion and three face lesser charges of disobedience and misuse of public funds. The nine defendants charged with rebellion have been in pre-trial detention for months, some of them for more than a year. Under Spanish law, rebellion is defined as “rising up in a violent and public manner”. Sanchez’s minority government is relying on the support of Catalan separatist parties to approve its 2019 budget.
Source: The Express Tribune February 12, 2019 16:52 UTC