MADRID (Sputnik) — The Supreme Prosecutor's Office of Catalonia, a Spanish autonomous community, launched investigation on Friday into the actions of the local authorities non-compliant with the ruling of the Spanish Constitutional Court to halt the preparations for a referendum on Catalonia's independence from Spain.
The prosecution decided to launch investigation into the actions that may lead to "breach of the Constitutional court rulings."
Catalonia, one of Spain’s 17 autonomous communities, has long sought independence from Spain. The territory’s efforts toward leaving the country have been deemed illegal by both the central Spanish government and the the Constitutional Court. Despite the central government’s ban, Catalonia conducted an informal independence referendum in November 2014, during with 80 percent voted in favor of independence from Spain.