Warrant issued for ousted Catalan leader

Katrina Barker
November 3, 2017

"When someone doesn't appear after being cited by a judge to testify, in Spain or any other European Union country, normally an arrest warrant is issued", Supreme Court President Carlos Lesmes said, according to Reuters. That same day, Spain's attorney general said Puigdemont and other senior government officials were accused of rebellion, sedition and embezzlement.

The deposed leader was photographed in a cafe in Brussels on Thursday while other Catalan government members appeared in court.

Several hundred people took part in another protest called after the nine leaders were ordered held in custody, many fewer than the hundreds of thousands who staged several demonstrations for independence over the last two months.

The jailings of the secessionist leaders and Puigdemont's flight to Belgium make it hard for leading figures from the independence movement to stand in a snap election in the wealthy region called by the Spanish government for December 21. In the text, the dismissed regional ministers are called "the legitimate government of Catalonia". Ninety percent of voters were in favor of separating from Spain.

A spokesperson for Puigdemont said he would remain in Brussels with the other four ministers.

A Spanish judge has jailed eight ousted Catalan ministers, after the region attempted to declare independence.

Mr Puigdemont and his government were sacked on Friday by Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy hours after passing a unilateral declaration of independence from Spain through the regional parliament.

All of them refused to respond to questioning with the exception of former minister Villa, who spoke for about 40 minutes. The probe could lead to charges of rebellion and sedition. It was as yet unknown why their hearings were adjourned by the court, which deals with cases involving lawmakers.

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