Oriol Junqueras, Carme Forcadell, Jordi Cuixart and Jordi Sànchez among nine defendants facing 25-year term

Spain’s supreme court is expected to announce its verdict on Monday in the landmark trial of 12 Catalan separatist leaders over their alleged roles in the region’s failed bid for independence two years ago.

Nine of the defendants – who include the former Catalan vice-president Oriol Junqueras, the former speaker of the Catalan parliament Carme Forcadell, and two influential grassroots activists, Jordi Cuixart and Jordi Sànchez – are accused of rebellion, which carries a prison sentence of up to 25 years. Other charges include sedition and the misuse of public funds.

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