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Puigdemont: the Spanish public prosecutor demands a European arrest warrant

Ⓒ AFP/Archives – Aurore BELOT – | The deposed Catalan President Carles Puigdemont at a press conference in Brussels on 31 October 2017

The Spanish public prosecutor’s office on Thursday demanded the issuance of a European arrest warrant against the deposed Catalan president and four of his “ministers”, after their refusal to appear before a judge in Madrid, it was learned from judicial source.

The judge has yet to decide whether she accepts this requisition. Carles Puigdemont and 14 advisers (ministers) of the Government of Catalonia, dismissed on 27 October after the proclamation of the “Republic of Independent Catalonia”, were summoned in an investigation for sedition and rebellion. But Mr Puigdemont, in Brussels since Monday, and four “ministers” did not appear at the convocation.

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