Leader of Catalan separatists can be extradited on December 4

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Brussels: The issue of extradition of the separatist leader of the Spanish region Catalonia Carles Puigdemont and four more ministers of his cabinet in Brussels postponed to December 4.

In the Brussels court, all five of the detached officials of the autonomous government gave evidence, but the court never decided to extradite them according to Spain's request. The hearing was closed.

"Article 155 of the Spanish Constitution has always contradicted her, except in cases where she was interested in them (the authorities in Madrid). Now they are making changes - this is the real state of "fear", said Puigdemont.

Parliament of the autonomous Spanish region of Catalonia on Friday, October 27, adopted a resolution that proclaimed the independence of the region from Madrid. The Spanish Senate, in turn, voted to activate Article 155 of the country's Constitution, which provides for the suspension of the region's autonomy and the imposition of direct subordination to the central government. The leader of Catalonia Carles Puigdemont, who was removed, called on supporters of independence for democratic resistance against direct control from Madrid.

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on the same day announced the dissolution of the Catalan Parliament, led by its leader Carles Puigdemont, who on that day proclaimed the adoption of a resolution on independence from Madrid. Also, Rajoy appointed the election of a new parliament on December 21 this year. The representative of the Spanish government, Inigo Mendez de Vigo, said that Madrid is not against the participation of the former head of the Catalunya Generalitat Carles Puigdemont in the elections of the region.

On October 29, Belgium's Minister of Immigration, Theo Francken, said that if requested, his country could grant political asylum to Carles Puigdemont, leader of the autonomous Spanish region of Catalonia. Spain has already reacted to such statements, in particular, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy called the proposal "unacceptable."

Subsequently, Puigdemont still fled to Belgium, from where he stated that he was not going to ask for asylum in Belgium, but would return to Spain only if "guarantees" were provided from the central government. On Friday, November 3, the Spanish prosecutor's office applied to the national court for a European warrant for Catalonia arrestor Carles Puigdemont.

On Sunday, November 5, Puigdemont and four other former ministers of the Catalan government surrendered to the Belgian prosecutor's office. The court dismissed them, but forbade them to leave the country. The European arrest warrant sets a maximum period of 60 days for the decision of extradition procedures between two Member States, a period that can be extended for another 30 days, up to 90 days, in exceptional cases.

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