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Catalan leader says he will work with Belgians 

Spain is seeking the officials for alleged crimes that include rebellion, sedition and embezzlement for their roles in pushing regional lawmakers to declare Catalonia's independence.

Published: 04th November 2017 10:02 PM  |   Last Updated: 04th November 2017 10:02 PM   |  A+A-

Demonstrators holding banners reading in Catalan 'freedom for the political prisoners' gather in front of the Barcelona town hall, during a protest against the decision of a judge to jail ex-members of the Catalan government, in Barcelona, Spain. | AP

By Associated Press

BRUSSELS: Catalonia's ousted leader says he's ready to cooperate with Belgian authorities after Spain issued a European warrant for his arrest, though he isn't giving any clues about his whereabouts.

A tweet sent in Dutch from the account of former Catalan President Carlos Puigdemont on Saturday read: "We are prepared to fully cooperate with Belgian justice following the European arrest warrant issued by Spain."

Puigdemont didn't elaborate or say where he is. He is believed to be in Belgium, where he and some aides fled after the Spanish government removed them from office a week ago.

Belgian prosecutors have confirmed they received European warrants for Puigdemont and four other former members of Catalonia's separatist government. It is up to a judge to decide whether or not to arrest them.

Spain is seeking the officials for alleged crimes that include rebellion, sedition and embezzlement for their roles in pushing regional lawmakers to declare Catalonia's independence.



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