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Extreme pressure: Spain weighs arresting Catalonian president

Staff Writer | September 26, 2017
Spanish Attorney General Jose Manuel Maza admitted the possibility of arresting the president of Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont, if he insists on holding a unilateral referendum on the independence of that region.
Carles Puigdemont
Spain   Preparing a referendum
In statements to the Madrid-based radio station Onda Cero, Maza seemed convinced that Puigdemont is committing crimes of prevarication, disobedience and embezzlement for preparing a referendum on the region's self-determination, scheduled for October 1.

However, the attorney general noted that the Public Ministry has not deemed it 'opportune' until now to request the arrest of the president of that autonomous community in northeastern Spain that want to proclaim itself a sovereign State.

He insisted that the attorney general's office has no doubt that the secessionist leader is breaking the law by insisting on carrying out a consultation that was suspended by the Constitutional Court ordered by the government of Mariano Rajoy.

"But that does not mean that (the arrest) is made or not," pointed Maza, who was reproached last May by the Spanish Parliament for trying to protect Rajoy's party, the conservative Popular Popular, marred by several scandals of corruption.