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Catalan leader Torra says to appeal conviction for disobedience

FILE PHOTO: Catalan leader Quim Torra sits in the Parliament of Catalonia after Spain's Supreme Court jailed nine separatist leaders, triggering violent protests in the region, in Barcelona, Spain, October 17, 2019. REUTERS/Albert Gea

BARCELONA (Reuters) - The leader of Catalonia’s regional government Quim Torra said on Thursday he would appeal a ruling by the Spanish region’s highest court that convicted him of disobedience and banned him from holding public office for 18 months.

The ban could take months to come into force if upheld after the appeal. The sentence stems from Torra’s refusal to remove pro-independence symbols from public buildings despite orders from Spain’s electoral committee.

Reporting by Joan Faus, writing by Clara-Laeila Laudette, editing by Andrei Khalip