Judge orders eight members of deposed Catalan govt detained


A Catalonian, Spanish and European flag fly on the roof of the Bank of Spain, three days after the banned independence referendum in Barcelona, Spain 4 October 2017

MADRID - A Spanish judge on Thursday ordered eight members of the deposed Catalan government detained pending further probes into their role in the region&39;s tumultuous quest for independence, a Madrid court said.

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Another former regional minister, who resigned just before the Catalan parliament declared independence on Friday, was also remanded in custody but will be set free if he pays a bond of 50,000 euros (R817,709).

Among the eight former government members sent to jail without bail is Oriol Junqueras, the deputy of Catalonia&39;s axed leader Carles Puigdemont who is in Belgium and refused to show up in Madrid for a court summons.

Prosecutors are seeking a European arrest warrant against Puigdemont and four other former members of his government who also failed to turn up.