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President Sanchez hinted that the Executive could grant the pardon if necessary.
Spain's Supreme Court on Wednesday opposed granting a pardon to nine Catalan politicians who supported the 2017 pro-independence plebiscite and were sentenced to prison for sedition, embezzlement, and disobedience.
The Supreme Court judges consider that the principle of proportionality of sentences was not transgressed in the trials of the Catalan leaders. Nor do they consider that the pro-independence activists have shown signs of repentance.
In their report on the case, the judges also argue that the petitions for pardon are intended to break with the autonomy between the branches of the state.
The Supreme Court's report, however, is not binding on the Executive, which could resolve the pardon issue before the summer.