A Spanish judicial source has revealed that the country's Supreme Court is to convict separatist leaders in the territory of Catalonia, and sentenced them up to 15 years in prison for their role in the efforts to secede the territory in 2017.
The news agency "Reuters" the source, that the most prominent of the prosecution, are 12 leaders and may be convicted on charges such as incitement and waste of public funds, provided that none of them convicted on charges of rebellion, which requires more severe punishment.
The source pointed out that the decision was taken unanimously by the seven members of the Supreme Court and that the judges are expected to ratify the verdict and announce it soon, and is likely to take place on Monday.
Separatist parties called for a peaceful civil disobedience if the separatist leaders were not acquitted. Perry Aragones, a senior official in the Catalan separatist Republican Left Party, described the possibility of convicting the defendants as "manifest injustice."
He added: "They tried to behead us and now they want things to peak, but that will not happen ... They will not be able to hide millions of separatists in this country."
The anti-independence Citizens Party called on Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez to support the long-awaited judicial ruling.