Sacked Catalan parliament speaker Carme Forcadell freed on bail

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That declaration was annulled on Wednesday by Spain's Constitutional Court.

-A Spanish judge on Thursday freed on bail the Catalan parliament's speaker and four lawmakers while authorities continue to investigate their roles in Catalonia's banned independence drive.

The Supreme Court decided on Thursday to take over two other cases against Forcadell and the lawmakers now overseen by a Catalan court, suggesting judges were looking to centralise all legal proceedings involving the independence vote under one roof.

The Spanish government speaker Inigo Mendez de Vigo said after a cabinet meeting that the fact that Forcadell had accepted the application of Article 155 of the Spanish constitution, which sees the central government taking control of the region's main bodies, was proof that the measures passed as part of the article were effective. Forcadell's attorney, Andreu Van den Eynde, said he plans to appeal the Supreme Court's decision, saying he didn't understand why her release terms were harsher than those of her co-defendants.

After the ruling, Puigdemont tweeted: "Carme Forcadell will spend the night in prison for allowing a democratic debate".

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On Tuesday, the PDeCAT party of Puigdemont - who flew to Brussels after being deposed - failed to agree on a united ticket to contest the election with another secessionist party, denting the pro-independence camp's hopes of pressing ahead with its bid to split from Spain after the election. The four lawmakers must pay bail of 25,000 euros while a fifth was released without bail.

Forcadell, a leading Catalan independence figure, and five other lawmakers were quizzed in a rebellion investigation following the Catalan parliament's October 27 secession declaration.

A grassroots Catalan pro-independence group, the Catalan National Assembly (ANC), said it had paid Forcadell's bail and called a protest for Saturday to demand the release of the others.

They are suspected of having followed a "concerted strategy to declare independence", before the official declaration of the Catalan Parliament on October 27.

Puigdemont, who also faces charges of rebellion and sedition, is appealing in Belgium against an worldwide arrest warrant served by Spain.