Published: Thu, November 02, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Catalan ex-leader Puigdemont unveils new website

Catalan ex-leader Puigdemont unveils new website

Mr Puigdemont, who could be charged with rebellion for declaring independence last week, said his party would "fight with all our strength" in the regional election next month.

After Catalonia declared independence Friday, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy dissolved the Catalan Parliament, fired all leaders and called for new regional elections, set to take place December 21.

"Those summonses are part of proceedings that lack any legal basis and only seek to punish ideas".

The catalan deposed Carles Puigdemont will not yield to his calling of justice in Madrid on Thursday and will ask to be queried from Belgium, said Wednesday his lawyer to the public television of catalonia.

Spain's High Court on Tuesday called former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont and 13 members of his sacked administration to testify on Thursday at 9 a.m. The judge might also grant them conditional bail or order them to surrender their passports.

According to Puigdemont's lawyer Paul Bekaert on his interview on Tuesday with Belgian media VTM, "He has not told me but as the situation now stands, I don't see him going back to Spain in the coming weeks".

Three former Catalan government advisors returned to Spain from Belgium late on Tuesday and were greeted at Barcelona's worldwide airport by a small crowd chanting "off to prison". Should the leaders not respond to this, they can indeed be jailed pending trial and considered a flight risk.

During the day, messages spread that the head of Catalunya secretly left Spain and sought political asylum.

In the meantime, Spanish prosecutors requested that the court demand $US7.2 million from each of the accused for "potential liabilities". He also said he accepts the snap election and Madrid has said he is welcome to take part in the elections.

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