Spain withdraws arrest warrant for Puigdemont

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Spain withdraws arrest warrant for Puigdemont


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Spain’s Supreme Court announced on Tuesday it had withdrawn the international arrest warrant for Catalonia’s former leader Carles Puigdemont and four of his cabinet members saying the politicians had shown willingness to return to Spain.

All five fled to Belgium following an unilateral declaration of independence in the Catalan parliament on Oct. 27, considered illegal by Spanish courts.

The withdrawal of the arrest warrant also prevented more than one European jurisdiction overseeing the case, the court said.

At the weekend the leader’s lawyer said he planned to stay in Belgium until after the next snap Catalan elections, which the Spanish government has called for 21 December after suspending home rule in the region.

Yesterday the Spanish judiciary refused bail for Puigdemont’s deputy, former Catalan vice president Oriol Junqueras, as well as deposed Catalan interior minister Joaquim Forn and the leads of two civic groups, ANC and Omnium Cultural.

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