Catalonia disaster: Puigdemont's Denmark go to attracts anger from Spain
- Author: Theresa Obrien Jan 24, 2018,
Jan 24, 2018, 12:30
A Spanish judge has refused to re-issue a European arrest warrant for former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont - saying it would be playing into the exiled politician's hands.
Pablo Llarena, the judge in charge of the case against Puigdemont, will rule on the request to reactive the warrant.
Spanish public prosecutors today asked a judge investigating Puigdemont to re-issue a European arrest warrant for him following his arrival in Copenhagen, a judicial source said.
His proposed appearance at the debate in the Danish capital comes while Puigdemont is trying to be reinstated as the regional president of Catalonia.
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The Catalan leader's trip to Copenhagen is his first since he fled to Belgium.
Junts Per Catalunya and ERC both support Puigdemont.
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He called for a meeting with Mr Rajoy to discuss the situation, insisting that while he was conscious of the difficulties surrounding Mr Puigdemont's inauguration, the former president's return had "absolute legitimacy".
Puigdemont is the favourite, but wants to govern the region from exile in order to avoid arrest if he returns to Spain.
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The parliament was dissolved previous year by the government in Madrid after the body approved the region's unilateral independence.
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has even threatened to maintain special constitutional powers to keep direct control of the region.
Puigdemont left Brussels for Copenhagen to attend the conference on Monday.
Spain's state prosecutor is seeking his arrest in Denmark.
The controversy came as Mr Puigdemont was nominated by the speaker of the Catalan parliament, Roger Torrent, to head the regional government on Monday. The reactivated warrant will only be valid in Denmark, where Puigdemont has traveled to for a debate.
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The Spanish government has threatened to arrest him the moment he sets foot back in Spain.