November 3, 2017 / 10:19 AM / 2 years ago

Jailed Catalonia leader Santi Vila to leave jail after paying bail

Former Catalan government cabinet member Santi Vila walks out of prison after being released on bail in Estremera, Spain, November 3, 2017. REUTERS/Javier Barbancho

MADRID (Reuters) - Jailed Catalonia leader Santi Vila, among the nine Catalan leaders ordered to be held in custody on Thursday pending a potential trial over the region’s independence drive, was free to leave jail after paying bail, a court document showed.

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

Reporting by Inmaculada Sanz; writing by Jesús Aguado; editing by Paul E. Day

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