Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

EYE ON AFRICA

Mashujaa day: Kenyatta and Odinga call for peace before election rerun

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

Kurdish referendum a ‘colossal mistake’, says son of late president Talabani

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

The new 30s club: NZ's Jacinda Ardern joins list of maverick leaders

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Raqqa, Kirkuk, Xi Jinping

Read more

REPORTERS

The Dictator's Games: A rare look inside Turkmenistan

Read more

#TECH 24

Teaching maths with holograms

Read more

DOWN TO EARTH

Is China exporting its pollution?

Read more

#THE 51%

Are female empowerment adverts actually good for the cause?

Read more

FOCUS

The mixed legacy of 'Abenomics' in Japan

Read more

Europe

Former Catalan leader given two-year public office ban

© Javier Soriano, AFP | CDC deputy Francesc Homs (L) and former president of the Catalan Government Artur Mas (R) arrive at the Supreme court in Madrid on February 28, 2017

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2017-03-13

The former head of Spain’s Catalonia region was barred from public office for two years on Monday for staging an informal referendum on independence, after a trial that has stoked tensions between separatist leaders and the central government.

Artur mas - who was regional governor in 2014 when pro-independence campaigners held a symbolic referendum in breach of a legal order - was found guilty of contempt of court, Catalonia’s superior court of justice said in a ruling.

The case comes as separatist political parties in Catalonia, a wealthy region with its own language and distinct culture, are pushing to hold another vote on breaking away from Spain in September.

Spain's centre-right Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has repeatedly ruled out such a scenario, however, saying any regional vote on secession would be illegal. Spain’s constitutional court has blocked such moves in the past.

(REUTERS)

Date created : 2017-03-13

  • SPAIN

    Former Catalan chief Artur Mas on trial for independence referendum

    Read more

  • SPAIN

    Vast crowds demand Catalan independence from Spain

    Read more

  • SPAIN

    Catalonia parliament elects new pro-independence leader

    Read more

COMMENT(S)