Catalonia's seccessionist leaders arrived at the Spanish Supreme and High courts on Thursday, with ousted leader Puigdemont refusing the order. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. Catalonia's secessionist leaders arrived to a court in Madrid on Thursday (November 2) to answer charges of rebellion and sedition, though the region's former president Carles Puigdemont said he would not turn up. Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy sacked Puigdemont and his government on Friday (October 27), hours after the Catalan parliament made a unilateral declaration of independence - a vote largely boycotted by the opposition and declared illegal by Spanish courts. Puigdemont said on Wednesday (November 1) he would ignore the court order to answer charges over the region's push for independence, but he was ready to testify from Belgium, where he had travelled with four other members of his sacked cabinet. The other 15 due to testify from 9 a.m. (0800 GMT) are Puigdemont's former vice-president Oriol Junqueras, eight other members of his sacked cabinet and six senior regional lawmakers, including the speaker of the Catalan parliament, Carme Forcadell. Puigdemont and his former team were summoned by the High Court while Forcadell and the other lawmakers were summoned by the Supreme Court.