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Puigdemont will continue in Belgium despite the withdrawal of the arrest warrant

His lawyer, Paul Bekaert, says in an interview with a Belgian newspaper that will not return to Spain

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Puigdemont will continue in Belgium despite the withdrawal of the arrest warrant

One of lawyers of Carles Puigdemont in Belgium, Paul Bekaert, said Tuesday in statement to Belgian newspaper L'Echo that his client will not return to Spain despite decision of Spanish Supreme Court to withdraw euroorden that weighs against him and four Exadvisors. "Puigdemont will not leave Belgium after withdrawal of European arrest mandate," he said. The lawyer rejects his return because he still weighs against Puigdemont an order of national arrest, which would imply, according to judicial sources, his immediate arrest in case of treading Spanish soil.

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The Flemish lawyer, one of 19 lawyers who advises members of Government in Belgium, believes that Spanish judicial authorities have changed ir strategy to possibility that Belgian courts ordered ir delivery to Spain to be judged by Less serious crimes. One of arguments of defence has been lack of equivalence in Belgian Penal Code of crimes that those attributed to Spanish justice. "The Spanish judge fears that decision in Belgium will present unacceptable differences against trial in Spain to or independentists today in prison," added Bekaert.

To comply with what his lawyer anticipates, Puigdemont will continue in Belgium and without an open process against him by Justice of that country. The Catalan politician has participated in newly launched Catalan election campaign through videoconferencing, and that dynamic could be a constant up to 21-D electoral contest.

"There he." "If you prefer to continue enjoying opera and good wear in Belgium, better for him", has ironizado foreign minister, Alfonso Dastis. "Puigdemont still has to face Spanish justice." Or colleagues of his Government for having given face as y should are in provisional prison. "There is no reason why he should not return to Spain and put himself in front of people he wanted to liberate," said popular MEP Esteban González Pons.

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