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Former second-in-command of Catalan police testifies in independence trial

Mossos d’Esquadra are on the spotlight for their role during the 2017 independence referendum

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03 April 2019 10:28 AM

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ACN | Madrid

All eyes were set on Ferran López, the right-hand man of former Catalan police chief Josep Lluís Trapero, in the Catalan trial, as his testimony as witness started on day 26. He would replace Trapero when Madrid imposed direct rule on Catalonia.

López appeared in Spain’s Supreme Court as a witness on Wednesday at 10 am.

Catalonia’s own police body, the Mossos d’Esquadra, are on the spotlight for their role during the 2017 independence referendum, deemed illegal by the Spanish judiciary.

Previous witnesses have raised the stakes for López’s testimony. While Trapero stressed that the Mossos always complied with court orders and rejected independence plans, the Spanish Guardia Civil lieutenant Diego Pérez de los Cobos accused the Catalan police of being intentionally passive during the vote.

Trapero explained that López attended meetings with Pérez de los Cobos on his behalf, acknowledging that his own relationship with the Guardia Civil official was not the best. Trapero was wary of Pérez de los Cobos’ role as the coordinator of different police bodies during the October 1 referendum.

The Spanish government appointed López as Trapero’s substitute during the takeover of Catalan institutions, triggered after a declaration of independence. López left the post shortly after pro-independence parties regained control of the Catalan executive.

Trapero's second-in-command officials

López’s testimony will be followed by that of Joan Carles Molinero, one of the Mossos’ highest-ranking officials during the independence bid, and Trapero’s second-in-command alongside López.

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  • Ferran López (left) with Juan Ignacio Zoido on October 30, 2017 (by Spanish Home Affairs Ministry)

  • Ferran López (left) with Juan Ignacio Zoido on October 30, 2017 (by Spanish Home Affairs Ministry)