[JURIST] Spanish Supreme Court [official website, in Spanish] judge Pablo Llarena charged [text, in Spanish] 13 Catalan leaders for rebellion on Friday.
The leaders include Jordi Sànchez, the former president of the Catalan National Assembly, as well as other former members of Catalonia’s Parliament.
The charges came after an investigation into Catalonia’s declaration of independence last year. Llarena also charged five other former members of the Catalan government with embezzlement and disobedience.
Bond was originally posted at 2.1 million euro (USD $2.6 million) to be paid jointly by 13 of the former officials charged with rebellion and one of the former officials charged with embezzlement. According to the Guardian, the judge later denied [report] bond for five of the former leaders.
The decision has sparked a cry for protests throughout Catalonia.
Earlier this month, Llarena denied [JURIST report] the release of Jordi Sànchez. Last month Spain ordered [JURIST report] the arrest of a former Catalan member of parliament.