The Court of Auditors has ordered former Catalan leader Artur Mas to repay the costs of organising an illegal vote on independence four years ago.
Mr Mas and nine other former officials have to repay €4.9m of public funds.
The independence consultation of 9 November 2014 was a forerunner of last year’s disputed referendum.
The other nine officials include former ministers Joana Ortega, Irene Rigau and Francesc Homs.
Mr Mas’ successor. Carles Puigdemont, condemned the court ruling from his self imposed exile in Belgium.
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