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Constitutional Court repeats request for investigation into parliament speaker and officials

High court again urges prosecutor to consider legal action over self-determination vote in Catalan chamber

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11 February 2020 06:05 PM

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ACN | Barcelona

Spain's Constitutional Court has unanimously agreed to again demand that the public prosecutor investigate Catalan parliament speaker, Roger Torrent, for allowing a motion in favor of Catalonia's self-determination in October.

In January, the court requested that the prosecutor investigate Torrent, with the chamber's first vice president Josep Costa and the bureau's first secretary Eusebi Campdepadrós, for disobedience to the court's rulings.

The court's justification for this latest request, which adds the bureau's fourth secretary Adriana Delgado, says that in claiming the right to self-determination the Catalan parliament "insists on refusing to comply with the Constitutional Court's rulings." 

The Spanish high court has forbidden the parliament from passing resolutions in favor of Catalonia's self-determination, considering them to be anti-constitutional, and in its request the court states that the parliament officials were aware of the rulings.

The court also urges the prosecutor to notify the Catalan parliament officials of their "duty to prevent or halt any initiative, legal or material, that directly or indirectly means ignoring or eluding" the high court's rulings.

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  • Parliament speaker Roger Torrent during a Bureau meeting on February 11, 2020 (by Mariona Puig)

  • Parliament speaker Roger Torrent during a Bureau meeting on February 11, 2020 (by Mariona Puig)

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