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Spain: Jailed Catalan separatist leaders take up seats in Spanish parliament

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Five jailed Catalan separatists leaders were escorted by police to the Spanish parliament in Madrid on Monday, where they completed paperwork to take up their seats in parliament, which they won in the recent general elections.

The Supreme Court authorised the Catalan separatist leaders Oriol Junqueras, Josep Rull, Jordi Turull, Jordi Sanchez and Raul Romeva to leave jail to pick up their certificates and finish the necessary paperwork to assume office. They arrived at the Spanish Parliament in police vehicles.

Raul Romeva won a seat in the upper house of the Spanish Parliament, the Senate, while the others won seats as in the lower house, the Congress, in the elections held on April 28. All five of the leaders remain in pre-trial detention and are facing proceedings for their involvement in the 2017 Catalonian independence referendum and the subsequent push for independence from Spain.

The five parliamentarians will reportedly also be able to attend the opening session of the newly elected Parliament on Monday.

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