Spanish court orders detention of 8 former Catalan ministers

Randolph Lopez
November 3, 2017

The former Catalan ministers have been accused of sedition, rebellion and misusing public funds.

Puigdemont fled Spain and appeared in Brussels on Monday.

"It is better to take some distance", Paul Bekaert told Reuters, adding that "the climate is not good".

Mr Puigdemont's handling of the crisis has drawn criticism among some other Catalan politicians, with left-wing parliamentary deputy Joan Josep Nuet criticising him for creating "yet more bewilderment".

If Puigdemont is arrested it would make it unlikely that he could participate in regional elections, called by Spain after it sacked the Catalan government last week, on December 21.

In its November report, the Bank of Spain said that in the worst case scenario, the political uncertainty caused by an illegal secessionist drive could reduce Spanish economic growth by 2.5 percentage points between end-2017 and 2019.

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Mr Puigdemont reacted on Twitter to the jailing of nine members of his former Cabinet, posting that "the legitimate government of Catalonia has been jailed for its ideas".

A spokesperson for Puigdemont said he would remain in Brussels with the other four ministers.

The summons, issued Wednesday, came after Spain's chief prosecutor called for charges of rebellion, sedition and embezzlement to be brought against Puigdemont and other members of the Catalan government and parliament for their roles in a pro-independence movement and declaration of independence.

The six had been summoned to court for questioning by a judge.

First the Catalan parliament, then the Spanish government, now the judiciary.

A lawyer for several of the jailed Catalan leaders said they would appeal against the judge's decision.

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