Catalonia Secession: Spanish Court Bows to Pressure, Withdraws Arrest Warrant for Ousted Catalan Leader

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Spain’s Supreme Court on Tuesday withdrew a European arrest warrant for Catalonia’s ousted separatist leader, Carles Puigdemont, and four of his former ministers.

 

The politicians were behind a drive for independence that culminated in the central government dissolving their regional administration and charging them with rebellion and sedition.

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They absconded to Belgium in late October.

 

Judge Pablo Llarena was quoted by Spanish media as saying that the five Catalans had shown a willingness to return to Spain ahead of fresh elections in the region later this month.

 

-dpa/NAN

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