Spain to bring criminal charges against Catalan parliament for referendum law

Reuters News
Posted: Sep 07, 2017 7:34 AM

MADRID (Reuters) - Spain's state prosecutors office said on Thursday it would present criminal charges against members of the Catalan parliament for on Wednesday voting to hold an independence referendum, which the Spanish government says is illegal.

The state prosecutor-general, Jose Manuel Maza, told reporters that his office would also present criminal charges against members of Catalonia's government for signing off on the law.

Maza said he had asked Spain's security forces to investigate any preparations by the Catalan government to hold the referendum.

A majority of Catalonia's parliament voted on Wednesday to hold the referendum on splitting from Spain on Oct. 1.

(Reporting by Inmaculada Sanz; Writing by Angus Berwick; Editing by Jesus Aguado)