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Outrage as Spanish prosecutor doubts Catalan judges’ impartiality

Spain’s High Court in Catalonia says words are "extremely reckless"

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06 February 2019 10:14 AM

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ACN | Barcelona

A prosecutor in Spain’s National Court has cast doubt on the "impartiality" of Catalan judges in trying former police chief Josep Lluís Trapero and other officials accused of contributing to the independence referendum in 2017.

The prosecutor’s comments, made during a hearing on Tuesday to decide whether the National Court was fit to handle the case, were later rectified by the court’s head prosecutor, who expressed "confidence in Catalan judges."  

Spain’s High Court in Catalonia (TSJC) criticized the prosecutor’s words and called them a "very serious" attack on the judiciary and the constitution, as well as being "extremely reckless."  

Police chief Trapero, former interior ministry officials, Cèsar Puig and Pere Soler, as well as former police head, Teresa Laplana, are accused of putting the Catalan police, the Mossos d’Esquadra, "at the service of the plans for independence."

Former police leadership charged with rebellion

The prosecutor is calling for a prison sentence of 11 years for Trapero, Soler and Puig, who are charged with rebellion, and four years for Laplana, who is charged with sedition.

Tuesday’s pretrial hearing was demanded by Puig's defense, who argue that the former officials should be tried in Spain’s High Court in Catalonia.

While the National Court is handling the case of Catalan police officers and interior ministry officials, top pro-independence politicians and activists will be tried in Spain’s Supreme Court.

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  • Spain's National Court courtroom where Catalan police heads and interior ministry officials will be tried for their role in the independence bid (by EFE)

  • Spain's National Court courtroom where Catalan police heads and interior ministry officials will be tried for their role in the independence bid (by EFE)