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Catalan leader due in court over independence vote

Supporters of Catalonia's regional government president and leader of the Catalan Democratic Convergence party (CDC) Artur Mas (L) have branded the case against him as politically motivatedCatalonia’s leader Artur Mas goes to court on Thursday charged with breaking the law by organising a vote on whether his region should be independent from Spain. The Catalan independence movement has raised political tensions in Spain as it recovers from several years of recession and prepares for general elections on December 20. The Spanish government says holding a vote on independence is against the constitution since all Spanish people have the right to decide on matters of sovereignty.

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