Spain: Court orders Catalan cabinet members held as political prisoners

Source: Washington Post

“Hours after a judge sent eight former Catalan Cabinet members to jail without bail and ordered another to be held pending a bail payment, the suspects have been taken from a Madrid court in police vans with sirens wailing. The seven men and two women were reportedly being distributed among prisons in the Madrid area. Investigative Magistrate Carmen Lamela’s ruling Thursday granted the request of prosecutors after the nine were questioned at the National Court in Madrid. Under Spain’s legal system, investigating judges can order the detention of suspects while a comprehensive probe, sometimes taking months, determines if charges should be brought.” (11/02/17)

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