Spain: Catalonia, Mas summoned for 'disobedience'

For independence referendum. Party, 'political provocation'

29 September, 14:12

    (ANSAmed) - MADRID, SEPTEMBER 29 - The president of Catalonia, seccessionist Artur Mas, has been summoned to answer 'disobedience' charges by the Spanish Superior Justice Tribunal, on October 15.

    Mas is being investigated for convening an independence referendum in 2014 which has been called illegal by the Spanish Constitutional Court.

    The announcemente of Mas ' summons as a defendant comes two days after Sunday's Catalan elections, won with an absolute majority of seats by independentist lists which mustered 47.8% of the vote.

    A "political persecution" by Spanish institutions, that's how Convergencia House whip Pere Macias reacted to the news of Artur Mas's summons.

    "Trying to unseat who won at the polls with these methods does not give the impression of a quality-democracy" he stated.

    After the ruling by the Spanish Constitutional Court, banning a binding referendum on Catalan independence, Mas confirmed the polls as a consultative measure.

    Two million and a half Catalan voters, out of 5.5 million, partecipated to the vote on November 9, 2014.

    The result was widely favourable to independence.

    Macias said that all those who participated to the vote should also be investigated by the Spanish judiciary.

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