On Friday morning, Catalan Police Chief Josep Lluis Trapero, Catalan National Assembly chairman Jordi Sánchez and Òmnium Cultural chairman Jordi Cuixart all arrived at the National High Court in Madrid to answer questions as suspects in an investigation for sedition.

El Periódico reported the central government is considering taking direct control of the Catalan Police (Mossos) given the imminent nature of an attempt to declare independence in Catalonia.

Major Trapero left the court after answering the judge's questions for over over an hour. He was not detained.

El Confidencial Digital reported central government lawyers had spent days preparing sedition charges for Catalan First Minister Carles Puigdemont and that the government was ready to use [Article 155 of the Spanish Co...

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