The claim of Spain: Belgium rejects extradition of Catalans

stage victory for the Catalan independence leader in the Belgian exile: A court in Belgium rejected the Spanish extradition from the request for the previous Ca

The claim of Spain: Belgium rejects extradition of Catalans

stage victory for the Catalan independence leader in the Belgian exile: A court in Belgium rejected the Spanish extradition from the request for the previous Catalan regional Minister Lluis Puig, such as the Prosecutor's office in Brussels announced on Friday. The European arrest warrant for Puig will not be fulfilled, "because the Spanish authorities who issued the arrest warrant, have no
power," said the Prosecutor's office in Brussels to the decision of the court. The public Prosecutor now checks whether it is in Revision. For other in Belgium, exiled independence leader of Catalonia, the decision of the Court is but a sign of hope.

in Particular, the former Catalan regional President Carles Puigdemont on since the defeat of the Catalan movement for independence from the Spanish Central government in Belgium in exile. Comrades-in-arms from him, however, in Spain, to long-term prison sentences were sentenced. The former Catalan Vice-President, Oriol Junqueras, has been sentenced to 13 years in prison.

Spain had obtained a European arrest warrant against the Catalan independence supporters. The Belgian court declined to enforce the arrest warrant, according to the Prosecutor now. The government in Madrid was not entitled to such a warrant to issue. Puigs lawyers have argued, the Spanish Supreme court was for a judgment against him is not responsible, it is only a court in Catalonia, could do this. The Belgian court had agreed to them, said the lawyers. Specifically, the Spanish Constitution allow the Supreme court only, such warrants to issue, when a member of Parliament would be affected, said attorney Paul Bekaert – be client Puig but was never a member.

Updated Date: 07 August 2020, 10:19

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