Statement on the search ordered by the examining magistrate's court No. 13 of Barcelona at the headquarters of the Statistical Institute of Catalonia. On 5 December, at 9:35 a.m., the chief lawyer of the examining magistrate's court number 13 of Barcelona, together with officers of the National Police Corps, arrived at the headquarters of the Statistical Institute of Catalonia (Idescat).
Upon arrival, they demanded the presence of Frederic Udina, the Director of Idescat, to whom the lawyer presented a search warrant for Idescat's headquarters. The objective was to establish whether the Cerdà technological platform contained census date that could have been used for the referendum of 1 October.
The director of Idescat immediately facilitated their access to Idescat's information systems. At 9:45 a.m., the officers of the National Police Corps began the registration of the computer systems, with the full cooperation of the managers and technicians of all the required areas. During the 5 hours of the registration, which ended at 3:00 p.m., none of Idescat's services were disrupted.
The Director of Idescat affirms that he only received the aforementioned search warrant, and denies information reported by the media over the past few days claiming that Idescat had previously received an information request report and that it had refused to cooperate.