teknolojiarsivi.com
teknolojiarsivi.com November 23, 2017


Catalan leaders held in Belgium on Spanish charges

06 November 2017, 01:23 | Floyd Cook

The tragic mishandling of Catalonia's independence

Spain issues arrest warrant for ex-Catalan president Carles Puigdemont

Spain on Friday issued an arrest warrant on sedition and other charges against Carles Puigdemont, tightening the judicial net around the former Catalan leader who went Brussels after his government was sacked over a declaration of independence, reports Reuters.

A European Union arrest warrant was also issued for four other Catalan ministers who failed to show up and are also thought to be in Belgium, a court statement said.

The fight between Spain and Catalonia's separatists reached a Belgian judge on Sunday after the region's deposed leader and four ex-ministers surrendered in Brussels to face possible extradition to Madrid for allegedly plotting a rebellion.

Puigdemont, 54, dismissed last week as Catalan president by Spain's government, failed to show up on Thursday to be grilled by the judge over alleged sedition, rebellion and misuse of public funds, accusations he calls politically motivated. Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy sacked Puigdemont and dismissed Catalonia's parliament, calling a regional election for December 21.

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy invoked constitutional powers last month to reassert his authority over Catalonia and fire Puigdemont and his government.


Puigdemont's lawyer in Belgium also said the arrest warrant had been prepared, but there has not yet been official confirmation from Spain's government.

The five presented themselves to federal police at around 9 a.m. (0800 GMT; 3 a.m. EST), Brussels prosecutor's office spokesman Gilles Dejemeppe.

"It had been looking positive for Rajoy as he seemed to be trying to restore order in Catalonia in a restrained way", said Caroline Gray, a lecturer in politics and Spanish at Aston University in the United Kingdom who specialises in nationalist movements. A ninth spent a night in jail and was freed after posting bail.

Carmen Lamela, a judge in Spain's National Court, asked the Belgian prosecutor's office to arrest Puigdemont and four ministers in the dissolved Catalan government who ignored a court order to appear before a judge Thursday.

"If we add the issue of independence, we won't get as many people to support us", said Mas, who was the first Catalan leader to harness the political momentum for secession. European Parliament President Antonio Tajani denounces the Catalan independence referendum as illegal, saying "No one will ever recognize Catalonia as an independent country". The declaration is deemed mostly symbolic because it is unlikely Spain or the worldwide community will recognize an independent Catalonia.



Other News

Trending Now

Sen. Rand Paul assaulted at Kentucky home
A spokeswoman for Paul's office said in an email Saturday that the senator was "blindsided". "Senator Paul is fine". Rand Paul , R-Ky., listens to questions on health care and the Republican effort to repeal ObamaCare.

Twitter bans ads from two Russian news agencies
On Wednesday, Twitter announced a plan to increase ad transparency on its platform, including political and issue-based ads. Both outlets will be allowed to maintain their Twitter accounts, the company said .

Gianluigi Buffon still hopes to win Champions League with Juventus
Speaking to Sky Italia , the Juventus stalwart said that he fully intends on bowing out after representing Italy at the 2018 World Cup in June/July.

Sir Michael Fallon resignation: PM considers replacement
In a statement, Sir Michael said: "In recent days allegations have been made about MPs' conduct, including my own". The post Britain's May replaces defence minister in growing harassment scandal appeared first on Vanguard News .

76ers guard Markelle Fultz out indefinitely
Fultz never looked right to begin the season and it's not a surprise to see Philly take a cautious route with the No. 1 pick. His right shoulder has been sore for a while now and upon examination, it was revealed that Fultz has a muscle imbalance.

WTA Finals: Caroline Garcia finds joy among the tears to overcome Svitolina
Caroline Garcia won a marathon match against Elina Svitolina , prevailing 6-7 (7) 6-3 7-5 after two hours and 44 minutes. Halep faced six break points and lost only one when she conceded her serve with a double fault in the sixth game.

Is Kid Rock running for US Senate? "F#@k no".
Kid Rock , whose real name is Robert James Ritchie, just did it by fooling some people into believing he was running for U.S. A Michigan Senate poll in August showed Kid Rock leading the field of Republican contenders, but trailing Democratic Sen.

First pictures of Esha Deol and Bharat Takhtani's baby girl are out!
Esha married Bharat in 2012 and the couple has been often spotted together in a happy relationship along with their families. Actors Sunny Deol and Bobby Deol, Dharmendra's children from his first wife Prakash Kaur, are Esha's half-siblings.

The Starbucks Holiday Cup Is Officially Here and It's Customizable
The plain red cups were slammed by some who felt that the company removed "Christmas from their cups because they hate Jesus". Two years ago the chain introduced simple, red cups and critics said their simplicity was part of a "War on Christmas."

Two American Women Rescued After 147 Days at Sea
The US Navy came to their rescue as they were stranded on a sailboat in the middle of the Pacific Ocean for almost five months. Navy is postured to assist any distressed mariner of any nationality during any type of situation", Cmdr.