El Pais: In Spain, a political storm precedes trial of Catalan independence leaders12 February 2019 | 10:31 | FOCUS News Agency
But according to some, there is still room for things to get even worse.
In an effort to maximize transparency and avoid accusations of bias, the Supreme Court has allowed live coverage of the hearings
The Catalan justice chief, Ester Capella, on Friday reiterated a message that the independence movement has been repeating for months: guilty verdicts will only deepen the Catalan crisis.
Starting on Tuesday, 12 people will stand trial at the Supreme Court for their role in facilitating the illegal independence referendum of October 1, 2017 and the unilateral independence declaration subsequently passed by separatist parties in the Catalan parliament (see box).
The breakdown of talks between the central and Catalan governments last week only adds to the pressure on a trial that separatist leaders have worked hard to discredit, arguing that convictions are a given, and that the European courts will ultimately shine a light on the problems with the Spanish justice system in general, and with the Supreme Court in particular.
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