Belgian court releases Catalonian ex-president, allies on condition

Madrid: A Belgian court has released former Catalonian President Carles Puigdemont, and four of his former cabinet members on condition.

The court released the Catalonian leaders but forbade them from leaving the country.

Besides, the court ordered them to provide an address in Belgium where they would be residing. It also asked them to personally attend each of the hearings.

The court’s judge has 15 days to decide on what to do about the capture orders filed against the Catalonians by Madrid. The hearings were held here at the Office of the Attorney General.

Earlier, former President of Catalonia Carles Puigdemont on Sunday turned himself in to the Belgian police accompanied by his lawyer.

Spain has issued an arrest warrant for the former regional, who is wanted by Madrid for actions related to his push for secession from Spain.

Puigdemont travelled to Belgium after Madrid took control of the region and now faces charges of rebellion, sedition, misuse of public funds, disobedience and breach of trust relating to the secessionist campaign.

On Saturday, Puigdemont called for a united Catalan political front in the face of the forthcoming elections. On Thursday, nine members of his sacked cabinet were ordered by Spain’s high court to be held on remand pending an investigation and potential trial.