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Deposed Catalan leader demands release of ministers

Deposed Catalan leader demands release of ministers

The six had been summonsed by two Madrid courts on Thursday.

A spokeswoman for the High Court could not confirm the warrant had been issued.

Prosecutors had asked the judge to detain eight of the nine former government members who turned up for questioning in Madrid, accused of rebellion, sedition and misuse of public funds.

The move follows last week's vote by the parliament of Catalonia to declare independence from Spain.

"This is a political trial", said Mr Puigdemont, who is now in Belgium.

Puigdemont's lawyer Paul Bekaert told Reuters that his client would not travel to Spain where the political climate was "not good", but would cooperate with Spanish and Belgian justice.

If Puigdemont is arrested it would make it unlikely that he could participate in regional elections, called by Spain after it sacked the Catalan government last week, on December 21.

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The jailing of the former ministers caused an uproar in Catalonia, where pro-independence protesters filled the streets.

A spokesperson for Puigdemont said he would remain in Brussels with the other four ministers.

Sacked members of Catalonia's regional government have been ordered to appear in Spain's high court to face rebellion and sedition charges, after October's disputed independence referendum.

"The defendants have played an active role by propelling the carefully designed secessionist process and overcoming all kinds of obstacles that could make them deviate from their final objective", the judge said in the ruling that sent the defendants to jail.

Five other senior members of the Catalan parliament, as well as Speaker Carme Forcadell, are facing the same charges but, because of their parliamentary immunity, their cases are being handled by the Supreme Court which has yet to hold a hearing.

The Supreme Court said the hearing of the six regional parliament board members was postponed until November 9 following a request by their lawyers.


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