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Nine Catalan leaders have been sentenced to prison

Nine Catalan leaders have been sentenced to prison

Nine Catalan separatist leaders have been sentenced to 9-13 years in prison by Spain’s Supreme Court.

In 2017, Catalonia’s pro-independence leaders carried out a referendum which was then ruled illegal by the Spanish constitutional court.

It was widely perceived that the Spanish authorities dealt with this matter heavy-handedly with police and protestors clashing in the streets.

Now, this ruling has come after four months of hearings.

The nine leaders have not been found guilty of violent rebellion – which could have resulted in 25 years in prison – but have been of lesser crimes such as sedition and misuse of public funds.

Could these sentences – which have been widely criticised – lead to an increase in separatist sentiments in Catalonia? Or do you think this ruling is fair given the actions of Catalan leaders in defying the Spanish government?

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