Ousted Catalan Leader May Not Return to Spain Anytime Soon

Ousted Catalan Leader May Not Return to Spain Anytime Soon

Ousted Catalan Leader May Not Return to Spain Anytime Soon

The catalan deposed Carles Puigdemont will not yield to his calling of justice in Madrid on Thursday and will ask to be queried from Belgium, said Wednesday his lawyer to the public television of catalonia.

Sacked Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont attends a news conference at the Press Club Brussels Europe in Brussels, Belgium on October 31, 2017.

After Catalonia declared independence Friday, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy dissolved the Catalan Parliament, fired all leaders and called for new regional elections, set to take place December 21.

The summons comes after Spain's chief prosecutor on Monday said he would press charges including rebellion.

Puigdemont is now in Belgium with some of his government members and hired a lawyer for his case.

Spain's High Court has summoned sacked Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont and 13 other members of his dismissed government to appear later this week.

Spain's constitutional court yesterday blocked the unilateral declaration of independence made by the regional parliament on Friday, a move that gained no traction and led to its dismissal less than an hour after it was made. The judge might also grant them conditional bail or order them to surrender their passports.

Paul Bekaert - hired by Mr Puigdemont after he travelled to Brussels this week - said: "He will not go to Madrid and I have suggested that he be questioned here in Belgium".

Three former advisers for the Catalan government have already returned to Spain on Tuesday, but they were greeted by chants "off to prison" for their involvement with the ousted Catalan government.

Most members of the Catalan sacked government flew back to Spain on Tuesday evening, after they met an icy silence in the European Union capial, but Puigdemont himself chose to remain in Brussels, where, after a short press conference, he obtained no political support.

The courts have also told the Catalan secessionist leaders to deposit 6.2 million euros ($7.2 million) by Friday to cover potential liabilities. Should the leaders not respond to this, they can indeed be jailed pending trial and considered a flight risk.

Moody's raised Spain's credit rating to Baa2 in 2014 as the country emerged from a prolonged economic slump.

Spain's central government has now taken direct control of Catalonia.

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