SUPREME COURT TRIAL

Supreme Court refuses to release Catalan separatists to campaign in upcoming elections

The justices overseeing the trial against the defendants for their role in the 2017 secession bid argue that the men, who will run in polls in April and May, pose a flight risk

SUPREME COURT TRIAL

Ex-Catalan police chief was ready to arrest Puigdemont if ordered to do so

Josep Lluís Trapero tells the Supreme Court that the Mossos d’Esquadra had prepared for the detention of the then-regional premier two days ahead of the unilateral independence declaration of October 27, 2017

SUPREME COURT TRIAL

Ex-Catalan police chief tries to play down role of force in secessionist drive

Josep Lluís Trapero, the head of the Mossos d’Esquadra during the illegal 2017 independence referendum, distances himself from the regional government in his Supreme Court testimony

SUPREME COURT TRIAL

Catalan premier ignored police calls to cancel 2017 independence referendum

At Supreme Court trial, ex-chief of security planning for the Mossos d’Esquadra said they were “aware” of the difficulties of stopping the vote with just two officers per polling station

SUPREME COURT TRIAL

At Catalan separatist trial, a tale of scared officials and unpaid invoices

Judges have heard witness testimony from a court clerk who fled a screaming crowd, and entrepreneurs who ended up out of pocket for work they did ahead of the referendum

CATALAN SEPARATIST TRIAL

Catalan speaker: “We will never give up on the will to decide our own future”

At the ongoing Supreme Court trial of pro-independence leaders, Roger Torrent defends the actions of his predecessor, who allowed breakaway laws to be debated in parliament

CATALAN SEPARATIST TRIAL

At separatist trial, ex-official accuses Catalan police of foot-dragging at referendum

Spain’s former security secretary described “surrealist” meeting between Madrid and Barcelona officials

CATALAN SEPARATIST TRIAL

Basque premier “mediated” between Madrid and Barcelona ahead of independence declaration

Iñigo Urkullu told the Supreme Court that Catalan premier Carles Puigdemont broke off a deal to call a regional election because of pressure from his own political group

TRIAL OF CATALAN SEPARATIST LEADERS

Defendant in Catalan independence trial denies charges of rebellion

Former head of ANC civil association Jordi Sànchez admits there were acts of violence during key protest outside Economic Affairs Department, but insists atmosphere was “festive”

CATALAN SECESSION BID

At Madrid trial, Catalan separatists cite judiciary’s lack of “moral authority”

Two more former regional officials have taken the stand at the Spanish Supreme Court, where they face charges of rebellion over the 2017 unilateral secession attempt

TRIAL OF CATALAN SEPARATIST LEADERS

Catalan independence was “a political declaration,” says ex-official at Supreme Court trial

Jordi Turull argues that the regional government did not encourage violence, nor did it use public money to hold the unauthorized independence referendum of October 1

TRIAL OF CATALAN SEPARATIST LEADERS

Former Catalan deputy premier in court: “I am a political prisoner”

Oriol Junqueras, who is on trial for his role in the pro-independence drive, has refused to answer the public prosecutor’s questions, and denies having committed any offenses

TRIAL OF CATALAN SEPARATIST LEADERS

Prosecutors answer Catalan separatists’ lawyers: “This is a trial in defense of Spanish democracy”

The prosecution says that leaders of the failed independence bid employed violence, a point that the rebellion charges hinges on

TRIAL OF CATALAN SEPARATIST LEADERS

Impassioned opening arguments at Catalan separatists’ trial in Madrid

Technical and political matters came together on day one of the most momentous case ever heard by the Supreme Court since the advent of democracy

IMMIGRATION

Spain deporting an average of 30 migrants a day since 2013

Figures show that Moroccans and Algerians topped the list of deportations due to bilateral agreements

CATALONIA

Catalan independence leaders on hunger strike appeal to EU for help

In a letter to heads of state, the four separatists argue the Constitutional Court is “blocking” their attempts to seek justice in Europe

FREEDOM OF THE PRESS

Spanish court accused of violating journalists’ rights in corruption case

Politicians and legal experts are protesting a judge’s decision to seize two reporters’ phones and computers to discover the source of a leak

FREEDOM OF SPEECH

Spain’s prosecutor general to limit “disproportionate” hate crime accusations

Move comes after comedian Dani Mateo appeared in court on Monday for blowing his nose on the Spanish flag in a TV sketch

CATALONIA

Public prosecutors uphold rebellion charge against Catalan independence leaders

Prosecution seeks 25-year prison term against ex-deputy premier Oriol Junqueras, but Solicitor General rules out rebellion and seeks 12 years for sedition and misuse of funds

Catalonia

Catalan independence leaders to be tried in the Supreme Court

Former deputy premier Oriol Junqueras and 17 others are likely to see the inside of a courtroom early next year

MORTGAGES

Supreme Court to meet again to decide if banks or borrowers pay mortgage tax

Consumer and judges associations left perplexed and calling for resignations after confusion over who should cover levy when a notary officially documents both the sale and the loan of a property

PROPERTY

Facing uproar, Spain’s Supreme Court will reconsider who pays mortgage tax

Less than 24 hours after it emerged that banks, and not clients, will be forced to pay the duty, magistrates decide to review the decision due to “enormous economic and social repercussions”

ECONOMY

Spanish Supreme Court rules banks, not clients, must pay mortgage tax

The decision heralds a potential flood of legal claims from borrowers who paid the AJD fee

CORRUPTION

Spain’s Supreme Court upholds conviction against ex-IMF chief Rodrigo Rato

Former banker and politician told to serve more than four years in prison over corporate credit card scandal

ACADEMIC SCANDAL

Popular Party chief won’t face probe over master’s degree irregularities

Supreme Court has found no evidence Pablo Casado committed offenses, although it does point to proof of him receiving “favorable treatment,” which is not a crime

FREEDOM OF SPEECH IN SPAIN

Spain’s prosecutor general suggests softer sentences for online hate crimes

Current legislation covering racist, homophobic or anti-Semitic messages posted online forces judges to hand out a minimum of 30 months’ jail time

CATALONIA

Judge drops international arrest warrant against former Catalan premier

Magistrate takes decision after Germany refuses to extradite Carles Puigdemont on charge of rebellion. The politician will still be arrested if he sets foot on Spanish soil