Spain’s Supreme Court ordered the arrest of former Catalan member of parliament Anna Gabriel after she failed to appear in court on Wednesday to answer charges related to the region’s independence campaign.
Gabriel, who had moved from Spain to Switzerland at an unknown date, was called to appear in the Supreme Court in Madrid on charges of sedition and rebellion over her alleged part in Catalonia’s illegal independence referendum and subsequent declaration of seccession in October.
On Tuesday, Gabriel said in Geneva that she would not travel to Madrid to face the charges as she did not believe she would have a fair trial. She did not appear for the session scheduled for Wednesday morning.
“I would have never come to Switzerland but the situation has forced me to,” she told Catalan television in an interview on Wednesday. “I would like to think this case will be shelved and I can return home.”