Spanish Supreme Court docket decide refuses intl arrest warrant for Catalonia's Puigdemont

Posted January 24, 2018

The fugitive former leader of Catalonia has arrived in Denmark and prosecutors in Spain immediately started proceedings to have him arrested and extradited.

A request for it to be reissued was submitted on Monday by prosecutors, following news that Mr Puigdemont had left Belgium for the first known time since fleeing.

Puigdemont is scheduled to participate in a discussion at the University of Copenhagen on the political situation in Catalonia. He was to meet Danish lawmakers on Tuesday.

Supreme Court Judge Pablo Llarena turned down the request, arguing that Puigdemont had gone to Denmark 'to provoke this arrest overseas as part of a strategy to boost his arguments in favour of being allowed to be sworn in as president of Catalonia again.

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Puigdemont flew Monday to Copenhagen from Belgium, where he has been since fleeing a Spanish investigation into the Catalan parliament's secession declaration a year ago. A warrant for his arrest remains open in Spain.

"Mr. Puigdemont is subject to a process in Spain", Alfonso Dastis, Spain's foreign minister, said.

The Spanish government has rejected plans by sacked Catalonia leader Carles Puigdemont to rule remotely from his self-imposed exile in Brussels after he suggested that he could be re-elected as the region's president. He fled from Spain in October.

Puigdemont refused to comment on the judge's decision not to seek his arrest. A Spanish judge is yet to rule on the European warrant.

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That move had been expected; in making it official, the president of the Catalan Parliament, Roger Torrent, said Puigdemont had the most support.

Although the ex-president is hoping to be sworn into his position via videolink, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy says Puigdemont must attend any debates in person. He apparently travelled to the city to host a debate on Catalonia.

The Spanish High Court issued an EU-wide arrest warrant for him, but it was not enforced by Belgium.

Judge Llarena turned the request down, saying it was important to wait until "constitutional order" had returned to the region.

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The Spanish government has threatened to arrest him the moment he sets foot back in Spain.