Spanish Supreme Court rules against release of detained Catalan ex-VP, 3 others

A Spanish Supreme Court judge has decided that Catalonia’s sacked vice president and three other separatist leaders will remain in prison pending a probe into their role in the region’s independence drive, AFP reported on Monday. Oriol Junqueras was sacked as vice president when the Catalan parliament declared independence on October 27. Joaquim Forn used to be in charge of interior matters in Catalonia. The decision also concerns the leaders of two pro-independence associations. Six other former ministers, who were also remanded in custody, will be released on bail as an investigation into charges of rebellion, sedition and misuse of public funds continues.