Published: Wed, September 27, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Police probes Catalan referendum website developers

Police probes Catalan referendum website developers

Trump said he opposed the referendum and wanted a united Spain.

"The possibility that an arrest warrant for Puigdemont over embezzlement will be requested is still open", Maza told radio broadcaster Onda Cero.

These are the latest in a series of measures taken by police and the courts to try and stop the referendum from taking place in a region sharply divided over independence.

But the unrelenting opposition from Madrid means such a result would go all but unrecognised, potentially setting up a new phase of the dispute.

The regional government in Catalonia is holding a binding referendum Sunday on separating from Spain.

The election commission set up by Catalan separatists has resigned after Spain's Constitutional Court threatened to impose daily fines of 12,000 euros ($14,100). Catalonia's leaders retort they have a right to decide their future even if it not allowed by the Constitution.

On Monday police summoned 17 people for allegedly developing web platforms dedicated to the banned referendum.

The website of the foundation of former Spanish dictator Francisco Franco "remains operational" but not the referendum websites, said Catalan government spokesman Jordi Turull.

Meanwhile police visited the office of the mayor of Oliana, Miquel Sala, one of the over 700 mayors under investigation for pledging to cooperate with the referendum.

Dastis said the global community supported Madrid.

The prosecutor also instructed the Catalan police, known as the Mossos d'Esquadra, to commandeer the polling stations ahead of the weekend, Spanish news agency Europa Press reported.

Spain's Catalonia region is preparing for a landmark referendum for independence within days.

But the US President became more ambiguous hinting the Catalans would not stand for their referendum vote to be blocked.

"My message for him (Catalan President Carles Puigdemont) is that a hypothetical declaration of independence won't lead to anything because no one would recognise it", he told AFP in an interview. "They are excluding half the population", Dastis said. If they do not pay the amount by the deadline, the court could seize their property.

"We denounce this as an operation of state abuse", they said.

The Catalan regional government, which plans to declare independence within 48 hours of a "yes" victory, maintained on Tuesday the vote will go ahead and it sent out notifications to Catalans to man polling booths across the region.

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