|
|
|
|
Search: 
Latin American Herald Tribune
Venezuela Overview
Venezuelan Embassies & Consulates Around The World
Sites/Blogs about Venezuela
Venezuelan Newspapers
Facts about Venezuela
Venezuela Tourism
Embassies in Caracas

Colombia Overview
Colombian Embassies & Consulates Around the World
Government Links
Embassies in Bogota
Media
Sites/Blogs about Colombia
Educational Institutions

Stocks

Commodities
Crude Oil
US Gasoline Prices
Natural Gas
Gold
Silver
Copper

Euro
UK Pound
Australia Dollar
Canada Dollar
Brazil Real
Mexico Peso
India Rupee

Antigua & Barbuda
Aruba
Barbados
Cayman Islands
Cuba
Curacao
Dominica

Grenada
Haiti
Jamaica
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Belize
Costa Rica
El Salvador
Honduras
Nicaragua
Panama

Bahamas
Bermuda
Mexico

Argentina
Brazil
Chile
Guyana
Paraguay
Peru
Uruguay

What's New at LAHT?
Follow Us On Facebook
Follow Us On Twitter
Most Viewed on the Web
Popular on Twitter
Receive Our Daily Headlines


  HOME | World (Click here for more)

Ex-President Who Fled from Catalonia Expects 3rd European Arrest Warrant Soon

GRONINGEN, The Netherlands – Carles Puigdemont, the former president of the autonomous government of Catalonia who fled to Belgium, said on Wednesday that he would like to leave politics and return to normal life as soon as possible, but warned that he expects a new European arrest warrant (EAW), the third one, against him in the next weeks or month.

“Even though there is no arrest warrant against me right now, the Spanish judiciary refuses to accept me as a witness of what happened in Catalonia. Is that because my opinion is not important enough to let them know the truth, perhaps? I am willing to answer all the questions of the prosecution and the defense,” he said during a visit to the University of Groningen on Wednesday.

His words came as the trial of the twelve pro-independence leaders who participated in the secessionist attempt of the Catalan autonomous region of northeastern Spain in October 2017, has begun in the Supreme Court of Madrid.

Puigdemont fled to Belgium that same month to avoid appearing before the Spanish courts for his participation in the Catalan independence process in that year and later was arrested in Germany in March 2018, following an European arrest warrant against him. He was later released because the German justice system refused to hand him over for the charge of rebellion for which Spain had issued the Euro-warrant.

After the German refusal, the Spanish Justice withdrew the European and international arrest warrant for Puigdemont, but since the national arrest warrant is still in force, the former Catalan president cannot return to Spain, as he would be automatically arrested.

In the talk at the University of Groningen, Puigdemont said that “there are still shadows of Franco’s regime in the Spanish justice system,” so he thought it would be “difficult” for the courts to have “a fair trial” on the independence process in Catalonia.

“I was the main political leader of that referendum. The rest of the people were under my orders. Is my opinion important or not in this trial” the former Catalan president said, who since his escape from Spain resides in the Belgian town of Waterloo and considered himself “an exile.”

Puigdemont regretted having “suspended the effects of the unilateral declaration of independence” following the illegal referendum of 2017 and considered that this step, which he then justified as a contribution to the dialogue with Madrid, “was a big mistake.”

Puigdemont described the trial that the twelve pro-independence leaders of his government, who participated in the separatist attempt, are facing as “political judgment” and stressed that the problem of the Catalans “is not with the Spanish population but with their politicians.”

 

Enter your email address to subscribe to free headlines (and great cartoons so every email has a happy ending!) from the Latin American Herald Tribune:

 

Copyright Latin American Herald Tribune - 2005-2019 © All rights reserved