Sign In / Up

Add contribution as a guest

Your email will not be displayed publicly
Benefit of signing in/signing up to personalize comment

Comment as a guest

Your email will not be displayed publicly
Benefit of signing in/signing up to personalize comment

Login

Not a member Register   Forgot Password
or connect using
 

Email

 

Rudaw

World

Catalan independence leaders face extradition trial in Belgium

By Rudaw 5/11/2017
Carles Puigdemont, dismissed Catalonian president, walks past a Spanish flag as he arrives for a press conference in Brussels last week. Photo: Nicolas Maeterlinck/AFP
Carles Puigdemont, dismissed Catalonian president, walks past a Spanish flag as he arrives for a press conference in Brussels last week. Photo: Nicolas Maeterlinck/AFP
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – A Belgian judge will decide the next chapter in Catalonia's independence bid as the region's ousted President Carles Puigdemont and four ministers surrendered in Brussels and face possible extradition to Spain.

Puigdemont and four Catalonia Regional Government officials voluntarily turned themselves into authorities and were taken into custody to start the extradition process in Brussels on Sunday morning.

A court in Spain issued warrants for their arrest on Friday after the five Catalan politicians failed to show up in Madrid for questioning.

The officials said they wanted to make their voices heard in the heart of the European Union and have refused to return to Spain, alleging they could not get fair trials there.

Puigdemont and the ex-ministers left for Belgium last week when Madrid used unprecedented and controversial constitutional authority to take over governance in the region.

The Spanish central government took the measures with the overwhelming support of the international community.

Belgian Deputy Public Prosecutor Gilles Dejemeppe told the Associated Press that the judge has the option of not detaining them but imposing conditions on their freedom, such as orders to remain in Belgium.

He added the extradition process could take more than 60 days.

Spain has scheduled early regional elections for December 21 to replace the deposed Catalan government officials. Spanish government spokesman Inigo Mendez de Vigo has said that any politician can run in the election unless he or she has been convicted of a crime.

Catalonia's parliament voted in favor of a declaration of independence on October 27 after a referendum on the question.

Comments

 
Mohamedzzz | 9/11/2017
Brave man.
Tags : Catalonia

Be Part of Your Rudaw!

Share your stories, photos and videos with Rudaw, and quite possibly the world.

What You Say

pre-Boomer Marine brat | 4/22/2018 6:01:09 PM
As in the Thirties, the knee-jerk American response to serious internal strife is to pull back into the turtle shell of isolationism. It does not...
US has critical role to play in post-war Syria: Macron
| 8 hours ago | (1)
Richard | 4/22/2018 3:36:45 PM
If the readers of Rudaw are aware of the payments then I am pretty sure that the Iraqi PM is also aware ;-) This MP sounds like she is a spokesperson...
Renas | 4/22/2018 5:08:39 PM
As long as you are economically dependent of other you will not be free. Kurdistan should be able to even produce its own weapon, but you are asking...
US aid for Peshmerga encourages rebellion: Iraq MP
| 14 hours ago | (7)
Joe | 4/22/2018 2:46:49 PM
Wonder land, banana republic...it really makes me laugh with a big question mark hovering over my head, how and for how long will the international...
Hassan | 4/22/2018 4:17:21 PM
Netherlands, Austria, Germany and Belgium should identify every Erdogan snake and send them to their master. How do these countries actually endure...
Turkey accuses Austria, Holland of ‘poisoning democratic values’
| yesterday at 12:02 | (10)
Sharid amiri | 4/22/2018 3:27:20 PM
As an american with kurdish ancestary, I support an independent Kurdistan south, north, east and west. God bless the United States and the kurdish...
Joe | 4/22/2018 3:33:59 PM
The muslim kurds have to realize that they are merely wood for fire to be used by the natinals around them, when turkey was on a verge to colapse...
‘Failed referendum’ was detrimental to Kurdistan: Komal leader
| yesterday at 11:25 | (8)

Elsewhere on Rudaw

German delegation meets KRG PM, welcomes closer ties 5 hours ago |

German delegation meets KRG PM, welcomes closer ties

Germany provided the KRG with military and more
3 Peshmerga freed from 96-day ISIS captivity by PUK counterterrorism units 7 hours ago |

3 Peshmerga freed from 96-day ISIS captivity by PUK counterterrorism units

The captives were kept blindfolded for 96 days more
US has critical role to play in post-war Syria: Macron 8 hours ago | (1)

US has critical role to play in post-war Syria: Macron

“I will advocate for militarism in front of the more
0.656 seconds