Deposed Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont says he will return to Belgium

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Deposed Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont says he will return to Belgium

Catalonia's deposed president Carles Puigdemont, who has been in Germany for four months, said on Wednesday he will return to Belgium after a Spanish judge dropped a European arrest warrant for him.

"This weekend I will return to Belgium," the separatist leader told a news conference in Berlin, adding his "political activity will be based in Belgium".

Sacked as Catalan president after a failed secession bid on October 27, Puigdemont fled to Brussels several days later as did several members of his executive who had also been deposed.

There, he settled in Waterloo before being arrested in Germany at the end of March on his return from a trip to Finland.

Puigdemont was freed on bail around 10 days later and set about waiting for a German court decision on an extradition request by Spain, where he is wanted over his role in the indepen dence drive.

But on Thursday, Spain's Supreme Court judge Pablo Llarena, in charge of the case against separatist leaders, dropped the international arrest warrant.

Germany had refused to extradite him for declaring Catalan independence last year, in an act that Madrid ruled was illegal.

Source: Google News Belgium | Netizen 24 Belgium

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