Supreme Court adjourns hearings of former Catalan lawmakers

Catalan regional parliament speaker Carme Forcadell arrives at the Supreme Court in Madrid on November 2, 2017. (AFP)
Updated 02 November 2017
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Supreme Court adjourns hearings of former Catalan lawmakers

MADRID: Spain’s Supreme Court said Thursday it had adjourned until November 9 the hearings of former members of Catalonia’s dissolved parliament including speaker Carme Forcadell at the request of their lawyers.
Accused by prosecutors of sedition and rebellion over the region’s independence drive, which carry sentences of up to 15 and 30 years in jail respectively, the six had been summoned to court for questioning by a judge.
It was as yet unknown why their hearings were adjourned by the court, which deals with cases involving lawmakers.
Nearby in the Spanish capital’s National Court, which hears major criminal cases, eight former Catalan government members were being questioned after also being summoned in the investigation into the secession drive.
Conspicuously absent though was the region’s deposed leader Carles Puigdemont and four of his former ministers, who traveled to Belgium after the central government imposed direct rule on Catalonia on Friday as the regional parliament declared independence.
They decided to stay put in Belgium, slamming in a statement a “political trial dictated by the Spanish government.”


Pakistan’s anti-graft agency arrests opposition leader Khursheed Shah

Updated 18 September 2019

Pakistan’s anti-graft agency arrests opposition leader Khursheed Shah

  • Shah will be presented to court in Sukkur for remand on Thursday
  • Shah was taken away by nearly 20 personnel of NAB and police

KARACHI: Pakistan’s anti-graft agency said on Wednesday it had arrested opposition Pakistan People’s Party leader Khursheed Shah over questions around the source of his income.
“NAB’s Sukkur chapter has arrested Syed Khursheed Shah over ‘assets beyond means’,” the National Accountability Bureau said in a statement, refering to a class of case in which a defendant is accused of possessing assets higher than their known sources of income.
Shah will be presented to court in Sukkur for remand on Thursday, an official statement said.
The opposition stalwart was arrested in a joint operation by NAB’s Rawalpindi and Sukkur chapters, Pakistan’s DawnNewsTV reported. He will remain in custody on Wednesday evening.
Shah was taken away by nearly 20 personnel of NAB and police during a raid at his Islamabad home, the domestic staff at his house told DawnNewsTV.