- Title: Top judge in trial of 12 Catalan separatists arrives in court
- Date: 14th October 2019
- Summary: MADRID, SPAIN (OCTOBER 14, 2019) (REUTERS) EXTERIOR OF SPAIN'S SUPREME COURT WITH SCAFFOLDING ON THE FACADE AND CLEANER SWEEPING THE AREA IN FRONT OF THE MAIN ENTRANCE SPANISH FLAG ON TOP OF COURT BUILDING AND STATUES CAR CARRYING MANUEL MARCHENA, THE TOP JUDGE IN THE TRIAL OF 12 CATALAN SEPARATIST LEADERS, ARRIVING, MARCHENA GETTING OUT OF CAR AND ENTERING THE COURT SPANISH FLAG ON TOP OF COURT BUILDING AND STATUES EXTERIOR OF SUPREME COURT WITH SCAFFOLDING ON THE FACADE
- Embargoed: 28th October 2019 06:46
- Keywords: Catalonia independence Spain's Supreme court veredict jailed catalan separatist leaders jailed leaders Catalonia
- Location: MADRID, SPAIN
- City: MADRID, SPAIN
- Country: Spain
- Topics: Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA001B12IOUF
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Spain's Supreme Court is expected to announce on Monday (October 14) its highly-anticipated verdict in the trial of 12 Catalan separatist leaders over their role in the region's 2017 banned referendum and short-lived independence declaration.
Much is at stake, both for Spain and for its wealthiest region in this trial over a failed independence bid that attracted worldwide attention, triggered Spain's biggest political crisis in decades and unnerved financial markets.
Secessionist groups have called for massive but peaceful civil disobedience if the 12 - nine of them have been in pre-trial detention for close to two years - are not acquitted.
It is still unclear how much support such protests may get and whether the promise of peaceful demonstrations holds.
The court which includes top judge Manuel Marchena and six other magistratesâ€™ plans to convict the most prominent leaders on charges of sedition and misuse of public funds but none would be found guilty of the more severe charge of rebellion, a judicial source told Reuters on Saturday.
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