Spain’s supreme court has imprisoned Catalonia’s former deputy leader to a lengthy 13 years in prison due to his role in the banned 2017 independence referendum.
Oriol Junqueras, the region’s former vice president, was found guilty by the court of misuse of public funds and sedition, implying he promoted public disorder to subvert the law.
Another eight separatist leaders, out of 12 on trial, were also found guilty of sedition and have been jailed for periods of between nine and 13 years.
Another three accused, former Catalan Cabinet members Santiago Vila, Meritxell Borras and Carles Mundo, were fined heavily for disobedience but not imprisoned.
The sentences all come from when In 2017 the group attempted to break Catalonia the small northeastern region home to Barcelona away from Spain following an independence referendum deemed illegal by Spain’s supreme court.