Over 400 legal proceedings related to the independence process in Catalonia
DIPLOCAT – The judicial persecution of local mayors and town hall councillors for political reasons goes on
Recent court-cases regarding events related to the non-binding vote on independence on 9 November 2014 in Catalonia have drawn the attention of the international press. These trials include those of Carme Forcadell, the Speaker of the Catalan Parliament, Artur Mas, the former President of the Catalan government, and three former Catalan ministers.
However, these cases are merely the tip of the iceberg – there are many more local politicians facing court cases at present for different situations connected to Catalonia’s possible independence. At present, there are over 400 cases categorized as follows.
Administrative proceedings against town halls presented by the Spanish government delegation in Catalonia:
- For not flying the Spanish flag on town halls 116
- For promoting fiscal sovereignty 106
- For paying annual membership fees to the AMI (see below) 58
- For declaring their municipality “a free and sovereign Catalan territory” 47
- For opening the town hall on 12 October (Spanish national holiday) 58
SUBTOTAL: 385 cases *
Legal proceedings presented by the Spanish public prosecutor:
- Against 8 municipalities which passed a motion of support regarding the Catalan Parliament’s resolution 1/XI.
- Against Vic town councillor, Joan Coma, for the crime of inciting sedition after saying “you must break eggs to make an omelette” in a debate on independence.
Proceedings presented by the Berga law court following a legal complaint by the Popular Party (PP):
- Against the Berga town mayor, Montse Venturós, for the electoral crime of flying a pro-independence flag from the town hall during election day.
Proceedings presented by the Badalona law court following a legal complaint by the PP:
- Against 6 councillors for the crime of disobedience after they opened the Badalona town hall on a Spanish national holiday.
TOTAL: 401 legal proceedings and complaints related to local politicians and the independence process
Different courts around Catalonia have already dismissed or filed 124 of these cases (22 with definitive sentences from the Superior Court of Justice of Catalonia).
This data has been collected by the Catalan Association of Municipalities for Independence (AMI).
Maps and more information can be found here: http://www.municipisindependencia.cat/mapes/municipis-sobiranistes-denunciats/