First appearances at prosecution offices of mayors charged with collaborating with referendum
Attorney general ordered the investigation of 75% of Catalonia's top local authorities
The offensive against Catalan mayors for collaborating with the referendum stepped up on Tuesday. All mayors had received letters from the Spanish government and Constitutional Court warning that getting involved with the vote was illegal. The attorney general ordered an investigation of 75% of them and sent summonses to some of them. The first three appeared in court on Tuesday.
The mayors from El Pont de Suert, Oliana and Mollerussa, all of which are in western Catalonia, appeared at prosecutors offices. The first two went to the local courthouse in La Seu d’Urgell, along with some one hundred citizens and local officials who supported them before they went inside. Mollerussa's mayor has immunity since he is also a member of the Catalan Parliament. For this reason, he appeared at the attorney general's office in Barcelona. A bus from Mollerussa travelled around 150 km all the way to the Catalan capital with people supporting the mayor.
"Today I am here defending the people of Oliana as its representative"
Miquel Sala · Oliana mayor
All the local authorities who appeared at prosecution offices invoked their right not to testify. "I have invoked my right not to testify because I see that everything that the prosecutor was asking was out of context; today I am here defending the people of Oliana as its representative," said Oliana mayor. Some dozens of mayors from all over Catalonia have received summonses from different prosecution offices and are due to appear on court in the coming days. In the Lleida area alone, the least populated in Catalonia, 32 mayors have received summonses. More than 750 mayors in Catalonia have shown support for the referendum, which is more than 75% of the total number of 948 mayors.