[ Director: Mário Frota [ Coordenador Editorial: José Carlos Fernandes Pereira [ Fundado em 30-11-1999 [ Edição III [ Ano X

segunda-feira, 6 de novembro de 2017

Puigdemont fate hangs on Belgium’s European arrest warrant response

Lawyer Paul Bekaert is swarmed by press as he leaves the public prosecutor's office after a hearing with dismissed Catalonian regional President, Carles Puigdemont, in Brussels Belgium, 5 November 2017.
[Olivier Hoslet/EPA/EFE]
Puigdemont, who turned himself in to Belgian police after Spain issued a European arrest warrant for rebellion and misuse of public funds, is barred from leaving Belgium without a judge’s consent.

“The next step in the proceedings is the appearance of the five defendants before the Chambre du Conseil within the next 15 days,” prosecutors said in a statement.

What would the arrest warrant mean? 

European arrest warrants were introduced in 2004 to replace lengthy extradition processes within the EU, making it easier to return fugitives suspected of serious crimes.

They can be issued for crimes where the maximum penalty is at least one year in prison or where the fugitive has already been sentenced to at least four months in prison.

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