Catalan president tells court he is being treated like a criminal for acting like a democrat


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Catalan President Artur Mas has told a Spanish court that he is being treated like a “criminal” for acting as a democrat.

The pro-independence leader was summoned to Barcelona’s High Court on Thursday for organising what prosecutors said was an illegal referendum last year.

Mr Mas, accompanied by 400 mayors and thousands of supporters, told the court that he – and he alone – was responsible for a public consultation organised in November 2014.

However, he denied that the vote – essentially a mass protest after Madrid’s Constitutional Court declared any Scottish-style referendum illegal – was a crime.

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