Brief News, News In Brief, Politicoscope, Politicoscope News In Brief

Two jailed Catalan separatist leaders awaiting trial for their role in the region’s failed bid to secede from Spain said on Saturday they were starting a hunger strike to protest over their treatment by Spanish courts.

Trends For You 🔥

After Catalonia declared independence last year, Madrid took direct control of the region and brought charges including misuse of public funds and rebellion against Catalan leaders, nine of whom are in jail awaiting trial.

Two of the leaders in custody — Jordi Sanchez and Jordi Turull — announced in a joint statement that they had started refusing food to protest at the failure of Spanish courts to process numerous appeals in relation to their cases.

“We are not asking the court for special treatment. But we will not passively accept discrimination or unwarranted delays,” the two men said in the statement.

Sanchez told Reuters in an interview last week that he was convinced he would not get a fair trial in Spain, but believed he and other separatist leaders would be acquitted by the European Court of Human Rights.

A Spanish government spokesperson said the jailed separatists would get a fair trial. “Only the judiciary is responsible for sentencing,” the spokesperson added.

Readers Also Enjoyed 🔥

Tensions with Madrid have cooled since last year but the Catalan government continues to advocate for a referendum on leaving Spain, something the Spanish government has said it will not accept.

Most Popular 🔥

Thank you for visiting Politicoscope.com. Show your strong support.
+ Share this content with all your friends or Discuss this below.
+ Submit news or tips for free publication on Politicoscope.com.

NEWSLETTER: Subscribe For Content Like This And More.

Donate

Donate now to help us provide more story like this.



More Donation Options

* Here are other Donation options for you.

* For Premium News readers, you can register here today.

Donate

Donate now to help us provide more story like this.



More Donation Options

* Here are other Donation options for you.

* For Premium News readers, you can register here today.