October 14, 2019 / 10:23 AM / a month ago

Catalan regional leader demands amnesty for convicted separatists

Catalunya's President Quim Torra, accompanied of Parliament President Roger Torrent, delivers a statement at the Catalan regional Parliament in Barcelona, Spain, October 14, 2019. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante

BARCELONA (Reuters) - The leader of the Spanish region of Catalonia demanded amnesty for separatist leaders convicted by the Supreme Court on Monday for their roles in a failed bid to declare independence from Spain in 2017.

“We demand freedom for the political prisoners, the exiles, we demand an amnesty as the final stage for all those who have been persecuted,” Quim Torra said in a televised address.

Reporting by Joan Faus, Ashifa Kassam, writing by Isla Binnie; Editing by Ingrid Melander

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