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    Spanish Court Rules Against Catalonia Police Chief Detention - Reports

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    The Chief of Catalonia's police force was set free from jail on Monday amid the uncertainty in relations between Spain and Catalonia following the recent independence referendum.

    MADRID (Sputnik) — The Spanish National Chamber of Justice ruled on Monday to keep chief of Catalonia's police force Josep Lluis Trapero out of jail on provisional terms, the Spanish El País newspaper reported.

    According to the court ruling, Trapero must surrender his passport, appear every 15 days in court, and he is not allowed to leave Spain.

    The Spanish Prosecutor's Office demanded as a preliminary measure taking Trapero into custody on suspicion of sedition, a crime that carries a prison term of up to 15 years.

    The chief of Mossos d'Esquadra has been accused of sedition for allegedly failing to follow judicial orders' ahead of the recent controversial referendum on Catalonia independence from Spain.

    Catalonia's independence referendum, which is not recognized by the Spanish authorities, was held on October 1. The official results of the vote showed that 90.18 percent, or more than 2.28 million voters, supported the secession of Catalonia from Spain, with a turnout exceeding 43 percent.

    The referendum was overshadowed by violent clashes between independence supporters and Spanish police.

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