Judge keeps Catalan former vice-president, three other leaders in jail

Protesters hold a banner reading "Freedom to political prisoners" with portraits of detained Catalan officials in Barcelona on Nov 3, 2017.
Protesters hold a banner reading "Freedom to political prisoners" with portraits of detained Catalan officials in Barcelona on Nov 3, 2017.PHOTO: AFP

MADRID (AFP) - Catalonia's sacked vice-president and three other separatist leaders will remain in prison pending a probe over their role in the region's independence drive, a Supreme Court judge decided on Monday (Dec 4).

Oriol Junqueras, who was sacked as vice-president when the Catalan parliament declared independence on Oct 27, Joaquim Forn, who used to be in charge of interior matters in Catalonia, and the leaders of two pro-independence associations will stay in prison, the court said in a statement.

Six other former ministers who were also remanded in custody will be released on bail.