Catalan politician says Spain would be complicit in a crime if phone-hacking proven

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Catalonia’s regional parliament speaker Roger Torrent said on Tuesday that the Spanish state would be complicit with a crime if it had been aware of the alleged tapping of his phone, reported by the Guardian and El Pais newspapers.

Speaking at a news conference, Torrent said the alleged hacking shows that espionage against political adversaries took place in Spain. He said he would take all available political and legal action to verify the allegations.

The Spanish prime minister’s office said earlier on Tuesday that the government was “not aware” of any such spying.

Reporting by Joan Faus; Writing by Nathan Allen; Editing by Andrei Khalip and Ingrid Melander