Spain’s Supreme Court orders trial of former Catalan leaders

Spain’s Supreme Court has ordered 18 former Catalan leaders to stand trial over their role in the region’s declaration of independence last year.

In a statement, the court said nine jailed former leaders, including Catalonia’s ex-Vice President Oriol Junqueras, should be tried for rebellion, which carries a prison sentence of up to 25 years.

The other nine, who have been released on bail or went into self-imposed exile, face accusations ranging from rebellion to misuse of public funds.

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