Spanish supreme court rejects European arrest warrant for Puigdemont

Jan 24, 2018, 12:32
Spanish supreme court rejects European arrest warrant for Puigdemont

Puigdemont's visit to Denmark could help him avoid problems in Belgium, where European citizens can live without a residency permit for three months, after which they theoretically have to leave.

Former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont flew to Denmark from Belgium in defiance of an worldwide arrest warrant filed by the Spanish government.

On Monday, judge Pablo Llarena said a new request was "reasonable".

Spain is investigating Puigdemont for possible rebellion, sedition and embezzlement linked to a unilateral declaration of independence by Catalonia's parliament on October 27.

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Spanish public prosecutors today asked a judge investigating Puigdemont to re-issue a European arrest warrant for him following his arrival in Copenhagen, a judicial source said.

Llanera argued that Puigdemont's trip had "no other aim other than to provoke his arrest" to allow him to participate in the forthcoming investiture debate.

Junts Per Catalunya and ERC both support Puigdemont.

But Mr Puigdemont's supporters say it would be possible with modern technology.

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After weeks of uneasy calm, the political crisis triggered by Catalonia's independence drive flared up again last week when the new regional parliament elected Torrent as speaker at its first sitting.

In his address at the University of Copenhagen, he said that the European Union showed "failures" in the face of crises both inside and outside its borders. That decision was made amid fears that the Belgian judge would strike out the most serious charge of rebellion, with consequences for the prosecutions of those in jail or on bail back in Spain.

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has even threatened to maintain special constitutional powers to keep direct control of the region.

Spain's state prosecutor has set in motion the process to arrest Catalonia's former leader in Denmark, where he has arrived to attend a debate.

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A Faeroese lawmaker invited Puigdemont to the Danish Parliament on Tuesday. He will be arrested the moment he sets foot on Spanish soil. Leading members of the government and opposition have declined to meet with him.