Ex-parliament Speaker of Catalonia Forcadell Granted Bail

Catalan parliamentarians leave Spain's Supreme Court after testifying on charges of rebellion sedition and misuse of public funds

As part of the conditional release on bail, the passports of Forcadell and the other politicians who have been bailed out have been confiscated.

The lawmaker left the prison in a auto without speaking to reporters.

"Nevertheless, the range of charges raised by the prosecution could carry a prison sentence of up to 30 years". A sixth parliamentarian was freed without bail, DW reported.

Spain's Supreme Court says a judge has ordered the release of Catalan parliament speaker after bail has been posted. She is expected to be released Friday after bail is deposited.

Carmen Forcadell, who until recently headed the Catalan Parliament, said that the declaration of independence of 27 October was not legally binding as a document.

Judge Pablo Llarena wrote in Thursday's ruling: "All the accused. have expressed that either they renounce future political activity or, those that remain active, will in future renounce any actions outside the constitutional framework". Van den Eynde said the judge's decision had come too late on Thursday for Forcadell that day, adding that she would remain in custody until at least Friday.

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Eight members of the now-defunct Catalan government are in jail in the case while former regional president Carles Puigdemont and four other ex-cabinet members fled to Belgium where they are fighting extradition.

According to Spanish law, Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria is now the official leader of Catalonia.

Catalonia parliament speaker Carme Forcadell is driven in a auto outside of the Spain's Supreme Court in Madrid, Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017.

The Spanish government responded by seizing control of the wealthy northeastern region, the first time in the four decades since Gen. Francisco Franco's dictatorship ended that Madrid removed powers from any of the country's 17 regions.

After the declaration, Madrid dismissed Catalonia's government, dissolved parliament, suspended the region's autonomy and called new elections for the region next month. Puigdemont claimed a banned October 1 secession referendum gave it a mandate to declare independence.

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