The lawyer for Carles Puigdemont, the ousted Catalan president, said that Puigdemont will stay in Belgium “for the moment” despite the Spanish authorities’ decision to withdraw their European arrest warrant.
The news comes after Spanish prosecutors had requested a Supreme Court judge uphold a custody order for the eight Catalan separatist politicians and two activists despite pledges by them to drop a unilateral independence bid.
Puigdemont and four secessionist allies had appeared before a Brussels judge in November after Spain issued European arrest warrants. The judge released them on the condition they remain in Belgium and attend court appointments.
The group fled to Belgium after Spanish authorities fired them on Oct. 28 for seeking secession for Catalonia.
Spain imposed direct control of Catalonia in late October after its parliament declared independence.
The country invoked this never-before used constitutional amendment to take control of the region, giving Spain the ability to sack Puigdemont and his cabinet as well as authorize the government to curtail the region’s parliamentary powers.
Spain’s Constitutional Court officially annulled the Catalan…