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Spain drops international arrest warrant for Catalonia ex-leader Puigdemont

Tuesday - 05/12/2017 09:51
Spain has withdrawn a European arrest warrant for Catalonia's sacked leader Carles Puigdemont and four of his former ministers, who fled to Belgium after the regional parliament declared unilateral independence, the Supreme Court said Tuesday.
The ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont, third from left, at an event in Brussels with mayors and former councillors from the region this month. Credit Geert Vanden Wijngaert/Associated Press
The ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont, third from left, at an event in Brussels with mayors and former councillors from the region this month. Credit Geert Vanden Wijngaert/Associated Press

In a statement, the court said Judge Pablo Llarena, in charge of the case, decided to withdraw the warrant as the five have said they want to come back to Spain to participate in regional elections on December 21.

He however maintains the Spanish arrest warrant and they would be detained upon arrival in the country, court sources said.

Llarena also argued that the European warrant would complicate the overall probe into Catalan leaders, some of whom are still in Spain -- in jail or released on bail as authorities probe them on charges of rebellion, sedition and misuse of public funds.

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Source: France 24:

 Key: Spain, Catalonia

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