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Spain’s top court rejects new bid to arrest exiled Catalan ex-president

Staff Writer | January 23, 2018
The Spanish Supreme Court dismissed a request by top Spanish prosecutors to reactivate a European arrest warrant for the ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont, who has been in exile since November, EFE reports.
Carles Puigdemont
Europe   Puigdemont is wanted by the Spanish authorities
Puigdemont, wanted by the Spanish authorities on charges of rebellion, sedition and misuse of public funds in relation to his role in Catalonia’s illegal independence referendum, arrived in the Danish capital early on Monday, where he was to attend a private debate organised by the University of Copenhagen’s Political Science department.

Sources from Spain’s state prosecutor’s office said Pablo Llarena, the Supreme Court judge leading the sedition investigation against Puigdemont, was officially requested to reinstate a European arrest warrant in a bid to bring the sacked former president of Catalonia back to Spain in order to face charges..

A previous European arrest warrant was retracted by Llarena on 5 December 2017.

In a statement, Llarena said he found the request reasonable, but that ultimately there were nuances in the case that meant that such a warrant should be postponed for now.