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Spanish court says ex-Catalonia vice-president to stay in jail

In the decision, the judges said there was a risk that Junqueras might again commit crimes as there was no sign he intended changing his ways.

Former Catalan vice-president Oriol Junqueras arrives at the National Court for questioning by a National Court judge investigating possible rebellion charges in Madrid on January 4, 2018.
Former Catalan vice-president Oriol Junqueras arrives at the National Court for questioning by a National Court judge investigating possible rebellion charges in Madrid on January 4, 2018. Foto:AP-Paul White

Spain's Supreme Court judges Friday ruled against allowing ousted Catalan vice-president Oriol Junqueras out of jail while he is investigated for rebellion and other charges stemming from the restive region's recent drive for independence from Spain.

In the decision, the judges said there was a risk that Junqueras might again commit crimes as there was no sign he intended changing his ways.

The pro-secession Junqueras was one of several members of Catalonia's sacked government jailed on provisional charges after regional lawmakers declared independence on October 27. Other ex-officials, including former President Carles Puigdemont, are fugitives in Brussels.

Junqueras had hoped to be released to take full part in Catalonia's new parliament following elections imposed by Spain in which secessionist parties won the most seats.

-AP