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MADRID – The Latest on the Spain-Catalonia political crisis (all times local):
Ousted Catalan parliament speaker and prominent pro-independence activist Carme Forcadell has arrived at Spain's Supreme Court for questioning in a rebellion investigation.
Forcadell is one of 20 former Catalan lawmakers that have been summoned by two courts following the regional parliament's declaration of independence Oct. 27.
Forcadell is a former leader of the National Catalan Assembly, which has long been the driving civic group force behind the region's independence drive.
Five of the 20, including sacked regional President Carles Puigdemont, traveled to Brussels following the declaration and are refusing to appear. This will likely trigger warrants for their arrest and petitions for their extradition.
Ousted Catalan government members and lawmakers are beginning to appear before Spanish courts in Madrid to face possible charges of rebellion for having declared the region's independence.
Twenty regional politicians, including sacked regional government president Carles Puigdemont, were called to appear Thursday after the chief prosecutor demanded charges of rebellion, sedition and embezzlement be pressed.
Puigdemont, who is in Belgium with four of his ex-Cabinet members, said he will ignore the summons, which could trigger a warrant for his arrest and an extradition petition.
The group summoned includes his 13-member former Cabinet and six parliamentary board members.
Puigdemont's No. 2, Oriol Junqueras, was the first to arrive at the National Court.
The crimes being probed are punishable with up to 30 years in prison under Spanish law.