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Nov 21, 2014

Network Front | The Guardian: Catalan president faces multiple charges after independence referendum

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Catalan president faces multiple charges after independence referendum
Nov 21st 2014, 15:58, by Stephen Burgen in Barcelona

Artur Mas has been charged with disobedience and misuse of public funds among other crimes by attorney general

The Spanish attorney general has charged Catalan president Artur Mas with disobedience, perverting the course of justice, misuse of public funds and abuse of power in relation to the unofficial referendum on independence held on 9 November.

The unofficial poll was called after the referendum scheduled for the same day was ruled illegal by Spain's constitutional court. The court then also outlawed the unofficial vote but it went ahead anyway. Poll booths were staffed by volunteers and no civil servants were directly involved, a strategy Mas hoped would circumvent the ban.

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