Sunday, 5 November 2017

Ousted Catalan leader hands himself in to police in Belgium

Ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont and four colleagues have handed themselves in to police in Belgium.
The Brussels prosecutor's office confirmed that the region's former president and his sacked ministers surrendered after Spain issued a warrant for their arrest.

"They were deprived of their liberty at 9.17am (8.17am UK time)," the prosecutors office said.

Spokesman Gilles Dejemeppe said the group have not been arrested and would be heard by an investigating judge on Sunday afternoon.

The judge will have to decide on a course of action - ranging from arrest and imprisonment to conditional release - by 9.17am on Monday.

A Spanish national court issued European Arrest Warrants for the five separatist politicians on Friday on suspicion of sedition, rebellion and embezzlement.

Judge Carmen Lamela rejected Mr Puigdemont's request to testify on video from Brussels.

Eight former ministers from the Catalan regional government have already been imprisoned without bail in Spain while the investigation continues.
Belgian legal experts have suggested extradition would take 15 days - with a further 45 days if the Catalan politicians appeal against the process.

Either of those two options could enable the exiled regional leaders to take part in the region's snap election on 21 December.

SKY    News.

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