Spanish High Court frees Catalan police chief without charge

Source: Xinhua| 2017-10-06 20:28:09|Editor: Zhou Xin
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MADRID, Oct. 6 (Xinhua) -- The police chief of Spain's Catalan region, Josep Lluis Trapero, was let go by the Spanish High Court without charge after being questioned for sedition, local media reported Friday.

Trapero was at the court for an hour where he was questioned about the incidents of Sept. 20 when Catalonia held a banned independence referendum.

A crowd surrounded the Catalan Economy Ministry following the search of the department and the arrest of 15 Catalan government officials on charges of organizing the independence referendum, which was declared illegal by the Spanish Constitutional Court.

Sentences for sedition, defined as "rising in a public and tumultuous manner to stop public officials from carrying out the law", could have implied between eight and 15 years in prison.

The Catalan regional police are accused of being late to give assistance to the Civil Guards and not protecting their vehicles as some of them suffered damage.

Another regional police officer, Teresa Laplana, was also questioned through videoconference due to health issues.

President of the Catalan National Assembly Jordi Sanchez and head of Omnium Cultural Jordi Cuixart (both pro-independence organizations) were scheduled to be questioned, but refused to testify.

They will be asked to testify again as the Civil Guard have delivered another report that extends criminal offenses until Oct. 1 when the illegal referendum was held.