Saturday 18 November 2017

International arrest warrant issued for ex-Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont and his aides

Sacked Catalan president Carles Puigdemont flew to Brussels (AP)
Sacked Catalan president Carles Puigdemont flew to Brussels (AP)

A Spanish judge has issued international search and arrest warrants for ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont and his aides.

National Court investigating judge Carmen Lamela filed the request with the Belgian prosecutor to detain the five, and issued separate international search and arrest warrants to alert Europol in case they flee Belgium.

According to the judge, the five are being sought for five different crimes, including rebellion, sedition and embezzlement in a Spanish investigation into their roles in pushing for secession for Catalonia.

Mr Puigdemont and his aides flew to Brussels after Spanish authorities removed him and his Cabinet from office on Saturday for demanding independence.

The Spanish government has also called an early regional election for December 21.

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