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Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont goes to Brussels as Spain files rebellion charges - DW
Catalonia's leader Carles Puigdemont and five aides went to Brussels on Monday to meet with his lawyers, according to government sources. The revelation came as prosecutors in Madrid charged the 54-year-old and several associates with rebellion, sedition and embezzlement.

Belgian lawyer Paul Beckaert confirmed to Reuters on Monday evening that Puigdemont was in Belgium and that he had taken on the former regional president as a client. Beckaert would not confirm whether he was working with Puigdemont on an asylum claim.

Belgian Asylum State Secretary Theo Francken said over the weekend that it would be "not unrealistic" for Puigdemont to launch an asylum claim in the Belgian capital.

Spain has formally dissolved the Catalan parliament, which declared independence on Friday after an escalating battle of wills with Madrid over the future of the prosperous region.


Other, more sensationalist media, wrote that Puidgemeont "fled the country", to "avoid arrest".
by Bernard on Mon Oct 30th, 2017 at 09:09:36 PM EST

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