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Catalan Separatist Trials Begin, Laying Bare Spain's Historical Divisions
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12 Feb 2019 11:53 AM EST

According to a report by Reuters, on Tuesday, twelve Catalan separatist leaders went on trial in Madrid over a failed bid for independence that laid bare historical divisions and triggered the biggest political crisis in Spain in decades. Reuters reports that the defendants face charges of rebellion, sedition and misuse of public funds, charges which they all reject. Supporters of the defendants, who face up to 25 years in jail if convicted, believe that they are political prisoners, while the government claims they are being judged strictly in line with the rule of law.

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