MADRID: The trial of Catalan separatists accused of looking to prise their vicinity from Spain is scheduled to end on Wednesday after 4 months of extreme hearings which impacted national politics.

In complaints broadcast stay on tv, 12 defendants were within the dock every week, their function in organising an illegal referendum on secession and a short-lived declaration of independence in October 2017 beneath meticulous scrutiny.

For some, they're “political prisoners” repressed by the Spanish nation — and a protest with the aid of independence supporters is planned in Barcelona to mark the cease of the trial.


For others, they broke the regulation and risked Spain’s solidarity in the country’s worst political disaster when you consider that its transition to democracy in the Nineteen Seventies.

9 are charged with rebellion, along with Catalonia’s former vice-president Oriol Junqueras who risks 25 years in prison, the heaviest sentence, and 3 face lesser prices of disobedience and misuse of public finances.

All 12 are expected to take the stand one last time on Wednesday.

beyond the carefully-watched proceedings at Spain’s ultimate court, the trial has shone the highlight returned onto key figures in Catalonia’s independence pressure, some of whom were at the back of bars for over a year and a 1/2.

With Catalonia’s former president Carles Puigdemont, the primary protagonist of the secession strive, conspicuously absent after he fled Spain, that spotlight has shone brightest on his former deputy Junqueras.

“i'm being prosecuted for my thoughts and now not for my actions,” he told the court docket in February, prompting a later retort by way of prosecutors that the defendants had been on trial for having broken the law, no longer for their reviews.

now not content material with sitting thru four months of hearings, the 50-yr-antique become elected lawmaker to the national parliament in an April standard election along with four different fellow defendants. They were later suspended from parliament.

On might also 26, Junqueras became also elected to the eu Parliament and hopes to hold that post, despite the fact that how in an effort to appear stays to be visible.

Going forward, all eyes will now be at the sentence, which isn't predicted until later inside the year.

“no matter what it's far, the sentence might be interpreted via the independence motion as an element to keep directly to, to attempt to mobilise its camp again,” stated politics professor Oriol Bartomeus.

He expected that the sentence should push Catalonia’s separatist-led government into calling snap nearby elections or even “a reaction like disobedience.”

via and big, however, Bartomeus said the trial did no longer appear to have swayed opinion in either camp in Catalonia, the wealthy place in northeastern Spain wherein around 47 percent are pro-independence.

“The trial will had been beneficial to reinforce an independence motion that were left with out tons horizon or avenue in advance” months after the secession bid, he said.

still, the trial — and by means of extension the secession disaster in Catalonia — maintains to impact country wide politics.

earlier this 12 months, high Minister Pedro Sanchez was pressured to call a snap election on April 28 after his 2019 budget failed to be voted via while Catalan separatist lawmakers refused to returned it, partly in team spirit with those within the dock.

possibly the maximum arguable detail in the trial has been the fee of revolt levelled at 9 of the defendants.

under Spanish law, rebel is a serious offence that suggests a violent rebellion.

Defence attorneys and independence supporters insist there was no violence, pointing to the non violent nature of the motion.

Prosecutors argue that the defendants “fomented, favoured and sought the direct war of words between the crowds of citizens and police,” especially in the course of the banned independence referendum on October 1, 2017, which became marred with the aid of police violence.

On Tuesday, Junqueras’s legal professional Andreu Van den Eynde stated there may additionally were disobedience but never rebellion, accusing prosecutors of “bias and exaggeration.”

The trial’s chief prosecutor Javier Zaragoza, however, has stated the secession bid turned into a “coup d’etat” aimed toward “wiping out the Spanish charter.”