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The prosecutor’s office files complaints for rebellion against the Catalan Government

Ⓒ Generalitat de Cataluña/AFP/Archivos – Jordi Bedmar – |

The Attorney General of the State announced on Monday a complaint of “rebellion” and “sedition” among other crimes against the members of the dismissed Catalan Government, accused of having caused an institutional crisis that led to the declaration of independence of Catalonia.

“The lawsuit against members of the government has been filed before the Audiencia Nacional” in Madrid, said prosecutor José Manuel Maza, who also accuses the dismissed Catalan president, Carles Puigdemont, and his executive of “sedition, embezzlement and prevarication” .

Anyway, the judge on duty, Carmen Lamela, who already has another cause linked to the Catalan independence movement, will decide in the next few days if he admits to process the complaint and if he keeps all the charges or just some.

The crime of rebellion is punishable in Spain with between 15 to 30 years in prison and that of sedition with up to 15 years. In his complaint, Maza asks to cite those concerned with “character of urgency”, and in “case of non-appearance”, his “immediate arrest”.

Also, the prosecutor announced another complaint to the Supreme Court for the same crimes against the president of the Catalan Parliament, Carme Forcadell, and other leaders of that body, which last Friday processed the declaration of independence, approved by 70 of 135 Catalan deputies.

In response, the Spanish Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, adopted on Friday a battery of measures to take control of Catalonia, including the cessation of the Catalan Executive, the dissolution of the Parliament and call for regional elections for December 21.

Prosecutor Maza said that the Catalan authorities “with their decisions and actions have produced an institutional crisis that culminated in the unilateral declaration of independence made with total disregard for our Constitution on October 27.”

In addition, Maza requests that a deposit of 6.2 million euros be established for the entire Catalan government ceased and another for the same amount for the leaders of the Catalan Parliament.

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