The Government has granted partial pardons for nine Catalan separatist politicians who were imprisoned for their involvement in the 2017 failed independence referendum and declaration.
In a speech outside the Moncloa, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced that after a four hour meeting with ministers, the terms of the pardons had been agreed.
The decision did not overturn the prisoners’ ban on holding office and was conditional on them not committing any other crimes within a certain period of time, Mr Sánchez explained.
The pardons have sparked controversy in Spain and tens of thousands protested against the decision this month.
But the government argues the move will help calm tensions over Catalonia. However Catalan regional president Pere Aragonès called the pardons insufficient and called for a full amnesty on all those who are facing charges relating to the events of 2017, including former regional president Carles Puigdemont.