BREAKINGSpanish Prosecutor Requests Arrest Warrants for Former Catalan Leaders – ReportsEurope17:39 02.11.2017(updated 18:00 02.11.2017) Get short URL
The move comes as the former Catalan leader who is currently in Belgium has failed to appear in court.
The Spanish prosecutor has requested an arrest warrant for ex-Catalonia leader Carles Puigdemont and four former high-ranking officials, according to El Pais.
Previously, the lawyer of Carles Puigdemont has explained his client absence at a court hearing by climate issues. However, previously, the lawyer has stated that the former leader of Catalonia had no intention to show up to testify any way.
The Spanish prosecution’s decision comes after the former leaders of the region have been requested to appear before the court over rebellion, sedition and embezzlement of state funds charges.
Puigdemont in Brussels After 155 Article of Constitution Invoked
Carles Puigdemont has fled to Brussels after the Spanish authorities have invoked Article 155 of the Constitution following the region’s unilateral proclamation of independence.
The former Catalan leader has refused to recognize Madrid’s move and called for peaceful resistance to the decision.
Several days later, Puigdemont held a press conference in Belgium, during which he stated that he would return to Catalonia only in case of “guarantees” for his safety.
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