Spain's Constitutional Court has voted unanimously to reject an appeal by the new candidate for First Minister of Catalonia, Jordi Sánchez (Junts Per Catalunya), to be released from jail in Madrid, where he has been on remand (pre-trial custody) since October.

Mr. Sánchez, formerly the chairman of the Catalan National Assembly (ANC) had petitioned the court yesterday with the argument that his new status as the proposed successor to Carles Puigdemont as leader of the regional government meant he must be released in order to fully protect his rights as an elected representative in the Catalan Parliament.

He was put forward as candidate for First Minister [on Monday][3] by the Speaker of the Catalan Parliament, Roger Torrent, and is being investigated for the [crime of sedition][1]...

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