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Six Catalan defendants transferred to lower court

Spain’s Supreme Court has transferred the case of six Catalan politicians accused of helping organise last October’s independence referendum to a lower court, following their appeals. They will now be tried at Spain’s High Court in Catalonia (TSJC).

The Supreme Court accepted the petitions from defendants accused of disobedience: former CUP MP Mireia Boya, and former parliament bureau members Lluís Guinó, Ramona Barrufet, Lluís Corominas, Joan Josep Nuet, and Anna Simó.

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Former Catalan Parliament Bureau members, Joan Josep Nuet, Anna Simó, speaker Carme Forcadell, Lluís Corominas and Ramona Barrufet (Rafa Garrido / via ACN)

The appeals from former Catalan ministers, pro-independence activists, and the former parliament speaker were rejected. The accusations they face include the more serious offences of rebellion and misuse of public funds.

In total, 20 people will be tried in the coming weeks for their role in the independence bid, which led to a referendum and a declaration of independence a year ago.

Leaders accused of rebellion are in jail while awaiting trial, with some having spent more than a year behind bars.

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