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Top Catalan lawmaker sent to pretrial detention

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MADRID, Spain -- The former president of the Catalan parliament, Carme Forcadell, was remanded in custody by a Spanish judge Thursday as the legal crackdown continues against the rebellious region's former leaders.

Bail for Forcadell, 61, was set at $175,000, according to local media and the news agency Europapress, quoting judicial sources.

Along with five other former officials from the regional Catalan parliament, she was facing charges including rebellion, linked to the autonomous territory's vote for independence.

Prosecutors had asked for Forcadell and three of the officials to be detained without possibility of bail.

The government of Catalonia was dismissed by the central government in Madrid after the regional parliament approved a unilateral declaration of independence on Oct. 27.

Several Catalan politicians have since been charged with rebellion, sedition and misappropriation of public funds for their role in the region's independence push.

Catalonia's ex-president, Carles Puigdemont, and four other former Cabinet members fled to Brussels after being sacked, and remain free there despite the issuance of an international arrest warrant.

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