Puigdemont’s extradition hearing in Belgium set for November 17

Former Catalan leader turned himself in after Spain issued arrest warrant

Carles Puigdemont on Tuesday with separatist mayors who travelled to Brussels from Cataluña in a show of support (Photo: EFE)

DEPOSED Cataluña president Carles Puigdemont and four of his former cabinet members have been scheduled for an extradition hearing in Belgium on November 17 after they turned themselves in to authorities there last week following Spain’s issuance of a warrant for their arrest. After appearing before a judge, all five were released and ordered to remain in Belgium pending the extradition hearing.

Spanish authorities had issued the European arrest warrant after Puigdemont and the former cabinet members failed to appear for a hearing at Spain’s High Court last Thursday, where they had been called to testify as part of an investigation into alleged rebellion, sedition and other offences in relation to Cataluña’s illegal declaration of independence.

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