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President summoned to court on May 15 over yellow ribbon controversy

Quim Torra failed to remove symbols in favor of jailed leaders on time after electoral authority ruling

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06 May 2019 01:49 PM

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ACN|Barcelona

The Catalan president has been summoned to appear before Spain's high court in Catalonia on May 15 over the yellow ribbon inquiry.

Quim Torra failed to remove the symbols in favor of the jailed pro-independence leaders on time after Spain's electoral authority ruled in favor of their removal from public buildings.

An inquiry into his possible disobedience is currently open, despite the fact that he did end up removing a banner hanging from the government headquarters’ balcony, albeit after the imposed deadline to do so had expired.

Disobedience does not carry prison charges, according to Spain's penal code, but it might mean Torra could be barred from public office.

Criminal lawsuit

The inquiry comes after Spain's prosecutor filed a criminal lawsuit against the president.

Prosecutors accused Torra of criminal disobedience for "repeatedly ignoring" the rulings stating that symbols in support of jailed and exiled pro-independence leaders must be taken down. If found guilty, the head of the Catalan government could be suspended from office.

Spain’s electoral authority ordered the removal of the banners from the government headquarters’ façade following a complaint by opposition party Ciutadans, arguing that they would harm the neutrality of public institutions during the upcoming electoral campaigns.

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  • Image of a balcony in the Catalan government HQ with a poster showing a yellow ribbon on March 12, 2019, in Barcelona (by Carola López)

  • Image of a balcony in the Catalan government HQ with a poster showing a yellow ribbon on March 12, 2019, in Barcelona (by Carola López)

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