World Spain summons 700 Catalan mayors to court

02:00  14 september  2017
02:00  14 september  2017 Source:   BBC News

Catalan separatists rally around mayors

  Catalan separatists rally around mayors Hundreds of mayors face legal action for backing the "illegal" referendum on independence from Spain.The mayors have been called in for questioning by prosecutors for agreeing to facilitate the vote locally.

MADRID: Spain ’s public prosecutor on Wednesday ordered a criminal probe of over 700 Catalan mayors who are cooperating with an October The prosecutors’ office ordered the mayors who have agreed to help stage the vote be summoned to court as official suspects and if they do not appear to

Spain ’s state prosecutor has summoned all 700 -plus Catalan mayors who have backed an independence referendum, as Madrid seeks Catalonia ‘s regional parliament passed laws last week to prepare for a referendum on Oct 1. Spain ’s Constitutional Court suspended the vote after Prime

People carry a giant banner reading in Catalan © Getty Images Thousands of Catalans marched in Barcelona during Catalonia National Day on 11 September Spain's public prosecutor has summoned more than 700 Catalan mayors to appear for questioning over their support for a banned independence referendum.

Jose Manuel Maza said that any of the municipal leaders who agreed to help stage next month's vote should be arrested if they fail to appear.

Prosecutors earlier ordered the seizure of ballot papers and voting materials.

Catalonia's vote on breaking away from Spain is deemed illegal and has been suspended by the constitutional court.

But Catalonia's pro-independence government has said that the referendum, which is planned for 1 October, will go ahead.

Court suspends Catalan independence vote

  Court suspends Catalan independence vote Judges move to block a vote on independence but local leaders say it will go ahead on 1 October.The court says it will consider whether the law breaches Spain's constitution.

Madrid: Spain 's public prosecutor on Wednesday ordered a criminal probe of over 700 Catalan mayors who are cooperating with an October 1 independence The prosecutors' office ordered the mayors who have agreed to help stage the vote be summoned to court as official suspects and if they do not

Spain 's state prosecutor has ordered a criminal probe of all 700 -plus Catalan mayors who have backed an independence referendum Wednesday ordered the 712 mayors , who have agreed to help stage the October 1 vote, to be summoned to court as official suspects and called for their arrest in

If the vote is held, prosecutors could charge the council leaders with misuse of public funds.

The Association of Municipalities for Independence has written to hundreds of Catalan officials assuring them that they are doing nothing wrong in helping to run the ballot, despite such actions defying Spain's constitutional court.

In response to the Spanish government's latest move, the Catalan authorities have urged the region's mayors to take to the streets of Barcelona in protest on Saturday.

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On Tuesday, the Spanish Public Prosecutor's Office instructed security forces to remove all voting materials which it said could help with the "consummation of the crime".

Spanish police raids aim to halt Catalan independence vote

  Spanish police raids aim to halt Catalan independence vote A Spanish judge ordered police to search a printer's shop and two offices of a regional newspaper in Catalonia as part of an investigation into alleged preparations for an illegal referendum on independence for the prosperous northeastern region.A Barcelona-based court said Saturday that the police searches took place Friday in the towns of Valls and Constanti in southern Catalonia. The court said the searches formed part of an investigation into possible disobedience, prevarication and the embezzlement of public funds by Catalan officials.The regional Catalan newspaper El Vallenc reported that "4 agents of the Civil Guard entered our newspaper.

MADRID: Spain ’s state prosecutor has summoned more than 700 Catalan mayors who have backed an independence referendum, in an Catalonia ’s regional parliament passed laws last week to prepare for a referendum on Oct. 1. Spain ’s Constitutional Court suspended the vote after Prime

Catalonia independence referendum: Spain threatens to ARREST mayors in favour of vote. SPAIN ’S public prosecutor has summoned all 700 -plus Catalan mayors who have backed an independence referendum, as Madrid seeks to block the separatist vote it has declared illegal.

The order included promotional materials and the ballots themselves, Spanish newspaper El Pais reported [in Spanish].

With their own language and customs, Catalans already have much autonomy, but opinion polls suggest that the vote, if it takes place, will be very close.

There is a widespread feeling in the region - one of Spain's richest - that too much of its tax revenue goes to Madrid.

Meanwhile Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and his conservative Popular Party have vowed to do everything within their power to stop the referendum, which they argue cannot take place according to Spain's 1978 constitution.

On Wednesday, the official referendum website was shut down following a court order, Spain's Guardia Civil police said.

Catalan govt says referendum plans have been dealt a blow .
The Catalan government acknowledged Thursday that its plans to hold an independence referendum on October 1 had been dealt a blow by a crackdown by Spanish authorities."It is obvious that the rules of the game have been changed," Catalan vice president Oriol Junqueras told Catalonia's TV3 a day after police detained 14 Catalan officials suspected of preparing the vote slated for October 1.

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