THE High Court is investigating Catalan nationalists for setting fire to a photograph of King Juan Carlos I.

Public prosecutors have requested information from authorities in Girona about the incident on September 13, in which masked nationalists used flaming torches to set the picture of the king in military uniform alight.

“I wish to express our full and absolute condemnation of the incidents,” Deputy Prime Minister Maria Teresa Fernandez de la Vega said.

Images of the youths, who chanted anti-monarchist slogans as the king was visiting a technology park in the town, were given wide play by Spanish media.

If found guilty of insulting the monarchy, suspects could face from six months to two years in prison.

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