Catalan Independence: Spain Prosecutor Calls for Rebellion Case

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 10:12

Spain's chief prosecutor has called for charges including rebellion - which carries a maximum 30 year jail term - to be brought against Catalan leaders.

José Manuel Maza said they should also face sedition charges following the region's declaration of independence.

It comes as Spain takes direct control of Catalonia, replacing top officials.

Meanwhile, a lawyer in Belgium says he is representing sacked Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont, who has travelled to the Belgian capital Brussels.

The lawyer, Paul Bekaert, did not comment on speculation that the ex-president could be preparing an asylum application.

"At the moment there are no specific dossiers I am preparing for him," he said. "I'm his lawyer in case he needs me."

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