November 9, 2017 / 4:32 PM / a year ago

Spain's Supreme Court to take over independence vote case from Catalan court

Spanish police stand guard outside Spain's Supreme Court where Carme Forcadell, speaker of the Catalan parliament and other senior lawmakers from Catalonia's parliament arrived to testify on charges of rebellion, sedition and misuse of public funds for their roles in holding an independence referendum and proclaiming indepence, in Madrid, Spain, November 9, 2017. REUTERS/Sergio Perez

MADRID (Reuters) - Spanish Supreme Court said on Thursday it decided to take over cases relating to the banned Catalan independence referendum from the Catalan High Court.

The case is against several senior regional parliament members and the speaker for alleged crimes of disobedience and perversion of justice.

In a separate hearing at the Supreme Court, the Catalan parliament speaker and five regional lawmakers were testifying on Thursday on charges of sedition, rebellion and misuse of public funds.

Reporting by Alba Asenjo; writing Jesús Aguado; editing Angus Berwick

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