First Catalan ministers leave prison
Dolors Bassa and Meritxell Borràs are the first officials to be released on bail of 100,000 euros
The Catalan ministers Dolors Bassa and Meritxell Borràs were released from the Alcalá-Meco prison just before 4pm on Monday. Travelling together in the same van, the two female ministers were the first of eight officials to be released after being held in custody charged with sedition and rebellion.
Representatives from their ERC and PDeCAT political parties waited to greet the ministers outside the prison. Bassa and Borràs spent one month and two days behind bars before being released on bail of 100,000 euro each imposed by the Supreme Court.
Judge keeps four pro-independence leaders in prison
The Spanish Supreme Court rejected the release of all Catalan pro-independence leaders who have been in jail for more than a month. The judge kept four officials behind bars: the vice president of the deposed Catalan government, Oriol Junqueras; the home affairs minister, Joaquim Forn; and the two leaders of the two principal pro-independence associations, Jordi Sànchez and Jordi Cuixart. The judge also decided to grant a 100,000€ bail to the other six incarcerated leaders, all of them members of Puigdemont’s cabinet.