Wednesday 21 August 2019

Catalan parliament speaker released from custody after posting bail

Catalonia parliament speaker Carme Forcadell has been released (AP)
Catalonia parliament speaker Carme Forcadell has been released (AP)

The Catalan parliament's speaker has been released following a night in prison after posting bail, amid a rebellion investigation stemming from the Spanish region's declaration of independence.

A Supreme Court judge ordered the release of Carme Forcadell after the 150,000 euro (£133,000) bail was posted on Friday.

Ms Forcadell and five other Catalan political figures were quizzed by the judge on Thursday over the regional parliament's October 27 vote to declare independence from Spain.

The judge jailed Ms Forcadell immediately, ordered four to pay 25,000 euro (£22,000) bail in one week to remain out of custody and released another who opposed the declaration of Catalonia as a separate republic.

Ms Forcadell left the Alcala Meco jail close to Madrid in an official Catalan parliament car shortly after 2pm (1pm GMT).

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