Spain to seek Catalan politician’s arrest on Denmark visit

The office of Spain’s, state prosecutor has said that it will move to reissue a European arrest warrant for the fugitive former leader of Catalonia if he leaves Belgium and enters Denmark as planned. The region’s ex-president, Carles Puigdemont, is scheduled to attend a debate today at the University of Copenhagen titled “Catalonia and Europe at a Crossroads for Democracy.”

The trip would be Puigdemont’s first outside Belgium since he fled there to avoid a court summons in Spain for his role in an illegal and unsuccessful secession bid led by his government in October last year. The state prosecutor said that if Puigdemont enters Denmark as planned he will immediately request the Spain Supreme Court to approve a European warrant for his arrest by Danish authorities.

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