Ballot papers for banned referendum to be seized in Spain.


Catalonia's public prosecutor has ordered the seizure of all ballot papers ahead of a banned independence referendum deemed illegal.

The vote on breaking away from Spain, planned for 1 October, has been suspended by the constitutional court.

But Catalonia's pro-independence government says it will still go ahead.

As a result, the Public Prosecutor's Office instructed security forces to take everything which could help with the "consummation of the crime".

This includes promotional materials and the ballots themselves, Spanish newspaper El Pais has reported.

Spanish tennis champion Rafael Nadal came out strongly against the plans. Saying

"You can't skip the laws because you want to skip them,".

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