Deposed Catalan President Carles Puigdemont won’t seek political asylum in Belgium

Today, deposed Catalan President Carles Puigdemont convened a press conference in Brussels and claimed that he hadn’t fled to Belgium in order to obtain political asylum.
Puigdemont Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

Today (Tuesday), ex-Catalan President Carles Puigdemont convened a press conference in Brussels and denied claims that he had fled to Belgium in order to obtain political asylum from Spain.

Puigdemont also responded to reports that Spain’s Attorney General Jose Manuel Maza is drafting charges against him and said that he does not intend to escape justice. In addition, the former president called for a dialogue between the Spanish and Catalan governments.

Puigdemont didn’t specify how long he intends to stay in Brussels, but reiterated that he had come to the European Union headquarters to try to advance Catalan independence and not to escape from the Spanish authorities who intend to accuse him of sedition. The deposed president said that he would return to Catalonia after receiving guarantees from the Spanish government.

Meanwhile, the Spanish Constitutional Court announced that last week’s declaration of independence was illegal and cancelled it. The court summoned Catalan leadership for an investigation and called on them to arrive in Madrid to testify.



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