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Monday, October 14, 2019, 16:01
Spanish court convicts Catalan leaders for secession attempt
By Associated Press
Monday, October 14, 2019, 16:01 By Associated Press

In this June 21, 2019 photo, journalists set their cameras in front of Spain's Supreme Court in Madrid. The court sentenced 12 Catalan politicians and activists for their roles in the 2017 secession movement. (GABRIEL BOUYS / AFP)

MADRID — Spain's Supreme Court has convicted 12 former Catalan politicians and activists for their roles in the secession movement of 2017.

The court on Monday sentenced the former regional vice president, Oriol Junqueras, to 13 years for sedition and misuse of public funds.

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The 12 were tried for their actions in a 2017 attempt by Catalonia to break away from Spain following an illegal independence referendum.

Grassroots pro-secession groups have previously said that if any of the defendants were found guilty they would organize protests and "peaceful civil disobedience."

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Spanish authorities have deployed hundreds of extra police to the region in anticipation of the ruling.

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