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Ex-Catalan Leader to Hear Extradition Verdict on Dec. 14, Belgian Judge Says

BRUSSELS – Sacked Catalan president Carles Puigdemont will hear the final verdict on the European arrest warrant and extradition request against him filed by Spain on Dec. 14, one of his lawyers said on Monday.

Puigdemont, who along with four of his former ministers is in self-imposed exile in the Belgian capital Brussels, is wanted in Spain in relation to an ongoing investigation into allegations of sedition and rebellion for his role in Catalonia’s unilateral declaration of independence from Spain, which was branded illegal by the Spanish courts.

Following the hearing in Brussels, legal representatives of Puigdemont told press the case would be considered by the Belgian judge in charge of the case on Dec. 14.

Puigdemont, along with Antoni Comin, Meritxell Serret, Clara Ponsati and Lluis Puig, who have been with him in Belgium since Oct. 30, have been on probation since Nov. 5 while the Belgian judiciary considers the arrest warrants and their extradition.

His lawyers insist he will not receive a fair trial in Spain.

This latest development came a day before campaigning is set to begin for Catalonia’s regional election, which on Dec. 21 is set to reinstate the local parliament that was dissolved in the wake of the independence bid as Spain sought to take control of the region’s autonomous institutions.

Puigdemont is expected to run as the leader of the newly-founded Junts Per Catalunya (JxCat) party, born out of the merger of Catalan European Democratic Party and independents.

Meanwhile in Madrid, Puigdemont’s former deputy in the Catalan government, Oriol Junqueras, was refused bail by a Supreme Court judge, as were three other separatist figureheads.

However, six former cabinet members were ordered to be released, with bail set at 100,000 euros ($118,635).

 

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