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Ex-Catalan chief to stand trial for independence vote

Catalonia's former separatist chief Artur Mas will stand trial for staging a symbolic independence vote, judicial authorities said Thursday, just weeks after the Spanish region's current president promised a referendum. In his court order, the investigating magistrate said Mas would take the stand on charges of "serious disobedience" and "malfeasance" for allowing the non-binding ballot to take place in November 2014 in the wealthy, northeastern region.
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