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Catalan President Quim Torra Sued for Alleged Offense of Disobedience

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7Dnews London

Fri, 22 Mar 2019 23:49 GMT

The Central Electoral Commission (JEC), the body in charge of ensuring the proper conduct of elections in Spain, has lost patience. Thursday, March 21, after two hours of meeting, the commission decided to open a procedure of sanction against the regional president of Catalonia, the radical independentist Quim Torra, and to seize the floor for an alleged offense of disobedience. His refusal to remove the banners and symbols of independence from public buildings, within five weeks of the legislative elections of April 28.

In power for less than a year, Quim Torra faces a fine of up to €3,500 and a two-year term of ineligibility. The JEC was seized at the request of the liberal party.

The latter denounces the presence of yellow ribbons hanging on many public buildings in Catalonia in support of the pro-independence leaders placed in pre-trial detention and currently tried for their participation in the secession attempt of October 2017.

The JEC demanded the Catalan government, from on March 11, to withdraw them, in order to respect the principle of "political neutrality" which is strictly held by the public administration during an election period.


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