Spain withdraws Puigdemont arrest warrant

Spain withdraws Puigdemont arrest warrant
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The Spanish Supreme Court has withdrawn the international arrest warrant for Catalonia’s former leader Carles Puigdemont.

Puigdemont travelled to Belgium, leading Spanish authorities to issue a European Arrest Warrant to seek his deportation and face trial in Spain on charges of sedition, rebellion and misuse of public funds.

Early this week, Puigdemont’s lawyer said he planned to remain in Belgium until after the Catalan elections, which are due to take place on 21 December.

The Spanish courts system has refused bail for Puigdemont’s deputy, former Catalan Vice-President Oriol Junqueras, as well as deposed interior minister Joaquim Forn and the leaders of two civic groups, ANC and Omnium Cultural.

Six other former ministers from the Generalitat, Catalonia’s regional government, were released from custody on bail.


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