MADRID (Agencies) – Spain’s chief prosecutor said yesterday his office is seeking rebellion charges against the now-deposed leaders of Catalonia following last week’s declaration of independence by the region’s parliament.
Jose Manuel Maza said in a statement that prosecutors had filed a request at the National Court for the charges, which also include sedition and embezzlement.
A court now has to decide whether to accept the charges.The crime of rebellion is punishable in Spain by up to 30 years in prison.
The former head of Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont, and other sacked members of the region’s government were yesterday in Brussels, where they were to make a declaration, newspaper La Vanguardia said.
Mr Puigdemont earlier said the result of an outlawed independence referendum on October 1 gave the region a mandate to declare independence.
Madrid and the Spanish courts said the referendum was illegal and that a unilateral independence declaration would violate the constitution.
Mr Maza said in a ruling that the filing targeted “the principal political leaders of the Catalonia government”.
It alleged that the leaders “with their decisions and deeds over the past two years have caused an
institutional crisis that led to the unilateral declaration of independence carried out on October 27 with total contempt for our constitution”.
Pro-independence parties – Mr Puigdemont’s PdeCat and Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya – said yesterday they will take part in the snap regional elections on December 21, a tacit admission that Catalonia’s previous ruling party had been fired and parliament dissolved.