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Spain's public prosecution service will charge former Catalan police chief Josep Lluís Trapero with rebellion. The news was reported this Monday by the La Razón. The newspaper says that the charges against Trapero will match the charges Supreme Court prosecutors are going ahead with against the main pro-independence activists and politicians in the trial to start at the end of 2018 or in early 2019.

Initially, the then-National Audience court judge Carmen Lamela had investigated Trapero on two charges of sedition for the events of 20th and 21st September 2017 outside the Catalan economy ministry and one charge of criminal organisation for his role during the 1st October referendum. In both cases, the Mossos d'Esquadra (Catalan police) are accused of having been too passive. The 20th and 21st September saw Spanish police officers searching the ministry trapped inside by a large crowd that gathered outside in protest.

Other defendants

The same charge could also be brought against other senior Mossos officers. Their former director, Pere Soler, and interior ministry official César Puig were both investigated on a charge of sedition. Superintendent Teresa Laplana was also investigated for sedition for the events in front of the Catalan economy ministry last September.