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Spain’s top court refuses amnesty for Catalan leader Puigdemont

The Spanish Supreme Court announced on Monday that it will not offer amnesty to former Catalan President Carles Puigdemont and other separatist leaders, in a major blow to the Spanish government's controversial amnesty bill.

In the decision, the court’s leading judge argued that the Catalan politicians responsible for the 2017 independence push embezzled funds in a way that benefited them personally and damaged the finances of the European Union.

Therefore, the court argued that the Venice Declaration makes it possible to reject a key part of the amnesty bill, which was formulated to see top Catalan leadership fully pardoned.

The international arrest warrant for Puigdemont, who fled Spain in 2017, stands.


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