This morning, Spain's Supreme Court announced that it was sentencing nine pro-independence Catalan leaders to between 9 and 13 years in prison each. The Scottish first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, shared the news on Twitter and added her own comment, saying they have been "jailed for seeking to allow the people of Catalonia to peacefully choose their own future".
Her direct criticism, however, was saved for Spain's political system, saying that any system that "leads to such a dreadful outcome need urgent change".
These politicians have been jailed for seeking to allow the people of Catalonia to peacefully choose their own future. Any political system that leads to such a dreadful outcome needs urgent change. My thoughts and solidarity are with all of them and their families. https://t.co/OSaknVGzYY— Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon) October 14, 2019
Finally, she said that her "thoughts and solidarity" are with all the prisoners and their families.