Spain: Court orders suspension of Catalonian parliament in attempt to block declaration of independence

Source: The Guardian [UK]

“Spain’s constitutional court has suspended a Catalan parliament session planned for Monday in an attempt to block an expected declaration of independence by the Catalan president, Carles Puigdemont. Upholding a challenge by Catalonia’s Socialist party, which opposes secession from Spain, the court ruled that allowing the regional parliament to meet and declare independence would violate the rights of the party’s MPs. The court warned that any session carried out in defiance of its ban would be ‘null.’ It said the parliament’s leaders could face criminal action if they ignore the court order.” (10/05/17)