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Spain keeps Catalan independence leaders behind bars ahead of elections

Spain’s Supreme Court refused bail for two senior Catalan pro-independence leaders, ahead of regional elections, reports Reuters.

Monday’s ruling leaves Catalonia’s biggest secessionist groups imprisoned during campaigning for the Dec21 election.

The judge in Madird ruled that former deputy Catalan president Oriol Junqueras and the former Catalan Interior Minister Joaquim Forn must remain imprisoned alongside grassroots separatist leaders Jordi Sanchez and Jordi Cuixart.

Former president of the Catalonia regional government Carles Puigdemont and four of his disbanded cabinet are currently in self-imposed exile in Belgium awaiting an extradition hearing on Dec 14.