The High Court in Catalonia confirmed to The Spain Report that the arrests of senior regional government officials and businessmen in Barcelona on Wednesday morning were not ordered either by the central government or the public prosecutor's office, which had no knowledge of the arrests prior to them taking place.

The investigating judge at Court Nº13 in Barcelona, Juan Antonio Ramírez Sunyer, ordered the National Police and Civil Guard, acting under his direct orders as judicial police, to carry out 41 searches and make the arrests.

"Six of the searches", said the High Court in Catal...