Spanish judge frees Catalan parliament's speaker on bail

Judge Pablo Llarena wrote in the ruling'All the accused... have expressed that either they renounce future political activity or those that remain active will do it renouncing any actions outside the constitutional framework

Forcadell was the person who read the results and officially passed the independence bill, now annulled by Spain's Constitutional Court.

Demonstrator Miroslav Mitrofanov said Friday's gathering in Riga was "in solidarity with Catalan comrades" of which "some are facing serious accusations and we don't think that is justified".

The Spanish government sees constitutional order in Catalonia recovering after former speaker of the Catalan regional parliament, Carme Forcadell, accepted the application of Article 155 appearing in a Spanish court on Friday.

Carme Forcadell, Speaker of the Catalan parliament, arrives to Spain's Supreme Court to testify on charges of rebellion, sedition and misuse of public funds for defying the central government by holding an independence referendum and proclaiming independence, in Madrid, Spain, November 9, 2017.

The crimes under investigation of Catalan lawmakers are punishable under Spanish law with up to 30 years in prison.

Lawyers familiar with the proceedings told local media that Forcadell testified in Spain's Supreme Court that the vote to declare independence was merely symbolic.

Spain's Supreme Court says a judge has ordered the release of Catalan parliament speaker after bail has been posted. Four other lawmakers were to be held until making bail payments of €25,000 bail.

Carme Forcadell spent the night in jail as part of a rebellion investigation following the parliament's declaration of the region's independence.

All of them are being investigated for rebellion, sedition and misappropriation of funds for their roles in the October 27 declaration of independence passed in Catalonia's Parliament. The judge also set bail for the other four.

Ms. Forcadell earlier told the Supreme Court that the declaration was not legally binding, according to court sources, in a comment that could undermine the secessionist push.

The High Court last week issued an arrest warrant on rebellion charges for Mr. Puigdemont, the former regional government president, and four former members of his cabinet who are with him in Brussels.

"Returning home... with the calm confidence of having acted correctly", Forcadell posted on Twitter after her release. Van den Eynde said the judge's decision had come too late on Thursday for Forcadell that day, adding that she would remain in custody until at least Friday.



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