Political Unrest
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Spanish court detains eight former Catalan leaders

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 11/03/17, 11:30 am

A Spanish judge on Thursday detained eight members of the deposed Catalan government without bail pending possible charges after Catalonia unilaterally declared independence. The judge released a ninth member of the government, who resigned before the independence declaration, after he paid $58,300 in bail. The Spanish prosecutor’s office summoned the leaders to court Thursday on charges of rebellion, sedition, and embezzlement.

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Iraq’s Kurdish president resigns

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 10/30/17, 11:13 am

Iraqi Kurdish President Masoud Barzani on Sunday said he would resign following an independence referendum last month that triggered a crisis between the autonomous region and Iraq. Barzani did not name a successor but asked the Kurdistan Parliament to distribute his presidential powers among the Kurdish prime minister, the Parliament, and the judiciary.

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Spain pursues rebellion charges against Catalan leaders

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 10/30/17, 10:40 am

Spain’s state prosecutor on Monday said he will pursue charges of rebellion, sedition, and embezzlement against the deposed Catalan leaders over their role in declaring independence in the autonomous region Friday. The charges could send the politicians to prison for up to 30 years. Chief Prosecutor Jose Manuel Maza said he would ask the judges for “preventive” measures against the officials. On Saturday, Catalan’s ousted president, Carles Puigdemont, urged independence supporters to peacefully resist the Spanish takeover.

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