Madrid (November 04, 2017): A Spanish judge issued an international arrest warrant for ousted Catalan president Carles Puigdemont on Friday, one day after eight fellow members of the dissolved Catalan government were jailed in Spain.
Puigdemont, who considers himself the rightful leader of Catalonia, is currently in Belgium.
Carmen Lamela, a judge in Spain’s National Court, asked Belgium’s prosecutor’s office to arrest Puidgemont and four ministers in the dissolved Catalan government who ignored a court order to appear before a judge.
The charges include sedition, rebellion, misuse of funds, abuse of authority and contempt. The other four people named in warrants are Toni Comin, Clara Ponsati, Lluis Puig and Meritxell Serret.
Belgian Prosecutor Eric Van der Sypt said he has received the arrest warrants for Puigdemont and the others.
“(I will) study them and will hand them over to the investigating judge either Saturday, Sunday or even Monday,” Van der Sypt said.
Puigdemont and the 13 former ministers were ordered to appear before the Spanish high court. Of the nine former officials who showed up, eight were detained and one was freed on bond.
Puigdemont didn’t appear and issued a video message in which he called the court’s action “an attack on democracy.”