The main Catalan institutions’ heads have expressed their outrage at the Spanish central intelligence agency’s (CNI) reported links to the 2017 Barcelona terror attack mastermind. The newspaper ‘Público’ published evidence on Tuesday that would prove that the secret services had been in touch with Abdelbaki Es Satty shortly before the incidents.
President Quim Torra asked for an explanation to the Spanish government via Twitter and for the authorities to “take the highest responsibility.”
President: “Very serious scandal”
For him, this is a “very serious scandal” and victims of the deadly events deserve “respect and all the information.”
The Catalan home affairs minister at the time, Joaquim Forn, in precautionary prison for over 20 months now, also demanded an “in-depth” investigation via Twitter.
In the same vein, Catalonia’s two governing parties, Junts per Catalunya and Esquerra, asked for an investigation committee over the terror attacks in Spain’s Congress, and also requested the Spanish president and the head of CNI in 2017 to speak about the issue before the chamber.
Barcelona mayor on need to “go all the way”
Barcelona’s mayor, Ada Colau, asked for the Spanish cabinet to “go all the way to the end” to clarify the issue. “It is essential that there is absolute transparency and that all details are known. Citizens need it, and above all, the victims.”
Socialist Núria Marín, the newly elected president of the Barcelona regional authority, also asked for an explanation from those “in charge.” Although the Socialist party holds the acting government of Spain at the moment, it was the People’s Party who ruled in 2017.
Emphasizing a similar note, the minister for agriculture and former mayor of Ripoll, where it believed the terrorist cell had its base, Teresa Jordà, expressed her "perplexity" for the "absolute lack of information."
In this regard, she also spoke about her "concern" and has joined the calls for the Spanish Congress to open a committee of inquiry into the matter. "We need an explanation for families and we all need each other as a country," he concluded.
Ciutadans criticizes pro-independence parties
Ciutadans party also asked for an explanation over the information published by ‘Público’, but used the controversy to criticize the pro-independence parties.
Inés Arrimadas said in a press conference that Esquerra and Junts per Catalunya are using these reports “only to weaken the law enforcement and all the state institutions,” and insisted that her party backs all Spanish police forces.