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Catalonia leaders face rebellion charges in Spain

The charges against the Catalan officials include rebellion, sedition and embezzlement. If convicted, the leaders could face up to 30 years in jail

Spain's chief prosecutor has filed charges against Catalonia's leaders over their bid for secession, which Madrid says is illegal.

The region's deposed President Carles Puigdemont and other cabinet members flew to Brussels, where the Belgian government said Puigdemont could seek asylum.

The charges against the Catalan officials include rebellion, sedition and embezzlement. If convicted, the leaders could face up to 30 years in jail.

Al Jazeera's Andrew Simmons reports from Barcelona.

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