Puigdemont not going to Spain: lawyer

- Agence France-Presse, THE HAGUE

Nov 2, 2017-

Catalonia’s axed separatist leader Carles Puigdemont will not return to Spain as there is a “good chance that he would be detained”, his lawyer has said.

Speaking to Dutch public newscaster NOS late Tuesday, Belgian lawyer Paul Bekaert said “as far as he told me that’s not going to happen” when asked if his client would go back to Spain. 

“That’s because we are awaiting further reactions from the Spanish authorities to see what’s going to happen,” Bekaert said, speaking by phone to the Nieuwsuur actuality programme.

Puigdemont together with 13 other former members of his administration, dismissed by the Spanish central government last week, has been summoned by the National Audience in Madrid.

The body deals with major criminal cases.

On Monday, Spain’s chief prosecutor said he was seeking charges of rebellion—punishable by up to 30 years behind bars—sedition and misuse of public funds.

But the 54-year-old Puigdemont is in Brussels, where he surfaced after reportedly driving to Marseille in France and taking a plane to the Belgian capital. Bekaert said he believed “there is a good chance that Puigdemont will be detained” should he return to Spain.

Published: 02-11-2017 10:18

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