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 Constitution—to suspende home rule in Catalonia—if and when Mr. Puigdemont tries to declare independence.
Big Companies Begin To Move Out Of Catalonia
Also on Friday morning, the chairman of Freixenet, a very well-known Catalan cava company, told a radio programme he would ask the board of directors to change the company's registered address, as Banco Sabadell, Spain's fifth largest bank, did yesterday, to Alicante (Valencia).
Services Point Solutions notified the Spanish stock regulator (CNMV) just before 10:30 a.m. that it is holding an extraordinary board meeting today "to analyse the possible measures to adopt, within the framework of the political situation in Catalonia, in defence of company, shareholder, client, supplier and employee interests, including the change of corporate address".
The Spanish government is expected to approve a decree at the weekly cabinet meeting this morning that will allow companies to change their corporate address in rapid manner, without the need, as is the case with some large companies, to first hold a shareholder's meeting.
CaxiaBank, the country's third largest bank, is in this very situation, El País reported, and will hold a board meeting this evening to approve a change in its corporate address, likely to Palma de Mallorca (Balearic Islands).
El Mundo reported Gas Natural Fenosa (energy) and Abertis (infrastructure), both with La Caixa as a majority shareholder, were also on the list of companies considering a legal move out of Catalonia because of the crisis.
Published: 12:54 pm, Oct 06 2017 (link)
Public Prosecutor To Present New Evidence After Police Chief Freed
The National High Court in Madrid allowed Major Trapero, Mr. Cuixart and Mr. Sánchez to leave after going before the judge to answer questions as part of an investigation into sedition on Friday.
The Public Prosecutor's Office issued a new statement shortly afterwards saying it would present a new police report received "this very morning" that contained information that would be key "in determining the full reach of the investigation".
The prosecutor will ask the judge to order provisional measures—likely prison on remand—for the three men, and a fourth suspect, a female chief inspector who was not present in court on Friday, after presenting the new evidence.
The prosecutor would like the judge to set a new court date as soon as possible.