Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Sacked Catalan leader defies order to appear in Spanish court

Sacked Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont will defy an order to appear before a Madrid court on Thursday, according to his lawyer.
Paul Bekaert - hired by Mr Puigdemont after he travelled to Brussels this week - said: "He will not go to Madrid and I have suggested that he be questioned here in Belgium."

On Tuesday a high court judge in Madrid summoned the entire ousted Catalan cabinet to appear for questioning as part of a rebellion investigation.

Spain's attorney general has called for Mr Puigdemont and 13 other separatist leaders to be charged with rebellion, sedition and misuse of public funds.

The crimes can be punished with decades in prison under Spanish law.

Mr Puigdemont said he had travelled to Belgium for "freedom and safety" after the Spanish government imposed direct rule and suspended his declaration of independence for the region.
But he has said he would not seek asylum and would return to Spain "immediately" if guaranteed a fair judicial process.

SKY      News.

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