- Title: Paraglider flies independence Catalan flag over jailed leaders' prison
- Date: 14th October 2019
- Summary: SANT JOAN DE VILATORRADA, SPAIN (OCTOBER 14, 2019) (REUTERS) SUPPORTERS OF JAILED LEADERS PROTESTING OUTSIDE LLEDONERS PRISON / PARAGLIDER FLYING OVERHEAD PARAGLIDER FLYING OVER PRISON VARIOUS OF PRO-INDEPENDENCE FLAG FLUTTERING ON PARAGLIDER PROTESTERS OUTSIDE LLEDONERS PRISON CHANTING (Catalan): "FREEDOM FOR POLITICAL PRISONERS" VARIOUS OF PROTESTERS EXTERIOR LLEDONERS PRISON ENTRANCE
- Embargoed: 28th October 2019 08:14
- Keywords: Catalonia independence Spain's Supreme court veredict jailed catalan separatist leaders Lledoners jail paraglider
- Location: SANT JOAN DE VILATORRADA, SPAIN
- City: SANT JOAN DE VILATORRADA, SPAIN
- Country: Spain
- Topics: Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA001B12IPMV
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: A paraglider flew the Estelada pro-independence flag over LLedoners prison on Monday (October 14) where seven of 12 Catalan leaders were waiting for Spain's Supreme Court to rule on their case.
Former Catalan regional government members Oriol Junqueras, Jordi Turull, Joaquim Forn, Josep Rull, Raul Romeva, and civic leaders Jordi Sanchez and Jordi Cuixart, all held at LLedoners, were later sentenced, along with former Catalan regional parliament speaker Carme Forcadell and Catalan regional government councillor Dolors Bassa, 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.
Much is at stake, both for Spain and for its wealthiest region in this trial over an independence drive that attracted worldwide attention, triggered Spain's biggest political crisis in decades and unnerved financial markets.
(Production: Marco Trujillo, Luis Felipe Fernandez, Catherine Macdonald)
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