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tbh, it's not entirely clear whether his primary motive was to avoid arrest, but it's interesting that Belgium appears to be a country from which he cannot be extradited.

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by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Oct 31st, 2017 at 04:25:22 PM EST
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Puidgemont just declared on CNN that he's visiting "Brussels, capital of Europe, not visiting Belgium".

Catalonia's ex-president Puigdemont: I'm not in Belgium to seek asylum  - MSN

Catalonia's ousted president, Carles Puigdemont, has said he came to Belgium to act "in freedom and safety", but not to seek political asylum.

Speaking at press conference in Brussels, Puigdemont said he would return home "immediately" if a fair judicial process was guaranteed in Spain.

And by the way:

Spain and Belgium are both signatories to the European arrest warrant, which requires governments to give up EU citizens to another member state when they are wanted by the authorities.

However:

'Like any EU citizen': Belgium's Catalan asylum fix - Reuters

Nonetheless, he traveled to a small town in western Flanders on Monday to hire a human rights lawyer with a successful track record of fighting extradition to Spain on behalf of Basque separatist sympathizers.

The lawyer, Paul Bekaert warned, however, that EU rules have made it harder. He told Reuters that the European Arrest Warrant system had removed exceptions previously made for extraditions to face "political" charges like sedition in other EU states.

Politics, too, may play a part. Eighteen months before the next Belgian federal election, there have already been tensions over Catalonia within the coalition, where Flemish nationalists sympathetic to the Catalans are a major force and Michel, a French-speaking liberal, has lately tried to mollify Madrid.

by Bernard on Tue Oct 31st, 2017 at 08:12:11 PM EST
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You don't hire Paul Bekaert if your intention is not to avoid a Spanish prison.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Nov 8th, 2017 at 12:32:27 PM EST
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