November 2, 2017 / 4:09 PM / a year ago

Spanish judge orders Catalan leaders to be held in custody pending trial

MADRID (Reuters) - A Spanish judge on Thursday said she had ordered nine Catalan leaders, including former regional vice-president Oriol Junqueras, to be remanded in custody pending an investigation into Catalonia’s independence push and a potential trial.

Supporters of dismissed Catalan Cabinet members react outside Spain's High Court after a Spanish judge ordered the former Catalan leaders to be remanded in custody pending an investigation into Catalonia's independence push, in Madrid, Spain, November 2, 2017. REUTERS/Sergio Perez

One of them, Santi Vila, who stepped down from the Catalan cabinet before a unilateral declaration of independence last Friday and has since then been pushing for a negotiated solution with the government, was granted bail of 50,000 euros ($58,300).

Reporting by Emma Pinedo; Writing by Julien Toyer; Editing by Jesus Aguado

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