Belgian court refuses to extradite three Catalan politicians | News | DW

A Belgian judge on Wednesday rejected an extradition request by Spain for three former Catalan ministers over their region’s controversial independence bid, the court said.

The ruling scuppers the Spanish government’s attempt to put the MPs, who fled to Belgium with ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont, on trial for rebellion and misuse of public funds. Puigdemont has since been arrested in Germany.

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What the court decided

  • The Brussels Court of First Instance said the extradition request against Meritxell Serret, Antoni Comin, and Lluis Puig was thrown out because there were no corresponding Spanish arrest orders.
  • The lack of corresponding Spanish legislation means that the European arrest warrants are unenforceable.
  • The court also found irregularities and imprecisions in relation to the extradition request, despite requesting further information from Spanish authorities, the Belga news agency reported.
  • Prosecutors say that Spain can’t appeal the decision.

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