Monday, 30 October 2017

Spain's chief prosecutor calls for rebellion charges



Spain's chief prosecutor has called for charges including rebellion - which carries a maximum 30 year jail term - to be brought against Catalan leaders.

 
José Manuel Maza said they should also face sedition charges following the region's declaration of independence.


It comes as Spain acts to take direct control of Catalonia, replacing senior officials.


Meanwhile, former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont is reported to be in the Belgian capital, Brussels.


Mr Puigdemont is with other dismissed Catalan ministers and will meet Flemish politicians, Spanish media report. Belgium's state broadcaster also reported that he would meet lawyers in Brussels, and a journalist tweeted (in Catalan) that the former president was in a "safe and secret" location.
Spanish authorities sacked Mr Puigdemont as regional leader on Friday, and suspended Catalan autonomy.


Speaking at a press conference earlier, Mr Maza, the Spanish attorney-general, called for Catalonia's leaders to be charged with misuse of funds over the independence referendum they held in October, after it had been declared illegal by the constitutional court.


Under the Spanish legal system, Mr Maza's requests will be considered by a judge




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