Catalan speaker spends night in custody
MADRID – Agence France-Presse
The sacked speaker of Catalonia’s parliament was preparing to leave a prison near Madrid on Nov. 10 as supporters posted her 150,000-euro bail a day after she was detained over her region’s independence drive.
A judge at the Supreme Court in Madrid on Nov. 9 ordered Carme Forcadell to be held on charges of “rebellion” -- which carries a maximum jail term of 30 years -- as Spain’s worst political crisis in a generation rumbles on.
A source said Forcadell arrived at the Alcala Meco jail near Madrid after midnight (2300 GMT on Nov. 9).
A court spokeswoman said on Nov. 10 that the 150,000 bond had been paid. “We’re just waiting for the judge’s order to free her,” she told reporters.
The influential pro-independence ANC lobby group had earlier called for donations to cover Forcadell’s bail.
The Catalan crisis has caused shockwaves across the European Union, prompting hundreds of businesses to re-register outside of the wealthy northeastern region.
Lawmakers opted to split from Spain after a disputed Oct. 1 referendum saw 90 percent of voters back secession.
Opponents of independence say that vote was deeply flawed and Catalans themselves remain split over separating from the eurozone’s fourth-largest economy.