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Spain withdraws international arrest warrant for ousted Catalan president Carles Puigdemont

European Arrest Warrants not applicable in this situation, supreme court judge rules

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Dismissed Catalan regional President Carles Puigdemont attends a press conference at International Press Club of Brussels Getty

Spain’s Supreme Court has withdrawn an international arrest warrant for Catalonia’s former leader, Carles Puigdemont, and four other members of his deposed cabinet.

The disputed and ousted president is facing sedition, rebellion, and misuse of public funds charges in Spain relating to the calling of an independence referendum on 1 October.

Mr Puigdemont has, however, travelled to Belgium – leading Spanish authorities to issue a European Arrest Warrant (EAW) to seek his deportation to face trial in Spain.

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The Independent

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