Spain: Jailed Junqueras seeks bail from High Court

Jailed former Catalan Vice-President Oriol Junqueras appeared in front of the Spanish High Court in Madrid on Thursday, seeking a release from prison on bail. Junqueras' lawyer Andreu Van den Eynde stressed his client's commitment to «dialogue, a negotiated solution and bilateralism.» Gabriel Rufian, the spokesperson of Junqueras' party, the Republican Left (Esquerra Republicana; ERC), asked... Еще the Spanish State to transfer Junqueras and other jailed pro-Catalan independence figures closer to their families in Catalonia, in the event of a denial. «They have spent Christmas in jail without their children, at the very least bring them closer to their families in Catalonia, for them to not have to travel 400 or 500 kilometres [250-310 miles] to see them,» explained Rufian. Junqueras was arrested on November 2 alongside eight other former Catalan Government members, on charges of rebellion, sedition and embezzlement.

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