Spain's state prosecutor has called for rebellion, sedition and embezzlement charges to be brought against Catalonia's leaders.
Attorney General Jose Manuael Maza called for the charges Monday, according to Reuters, to be brought against the region's secessionist leaders including former President Carles Puigdemont, his deputy Oriol Junqueras, the Catalan government and members of parliament, including Speaker Carme Forcadell.
As well as the charges of rebellion, which carries a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison, the prosecutor also accused the region's leaders of breaching the Spanish constitution.
The request will now be considered by a judge and Maza has called for the Catalan leaders to testify.
This new development comes as Carles Puigdemont was deprived of power following the Spanish region's declaration of independence Friday. This follows a month of escalating tensions with the national government in Madrid.
Spain's index of top stocks, the IBEX 35, surged more than 2.5 percent Monday after a weekend poll suggested newly announced elections would see the separatist movement lose its majority.