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Belgian justice has declined to annul the latest European arrest warrant issued by Spain against Catalan MEPs Carles Puigdemont and Toni Comín, but has adjourned the hearing of the case until the European Parliament has decided on the other judicial approach which Spain is moving forward with in parallel: a request to the European chamber to waive the Catalan MEP's parliamentary immunity. 

The court was to evaluate today whether it would annul Spain's extradition request, given that the Supreme Court issued it when the exiled Catalans already held immunity. However, as sources in the pro-independence leaders' defence teams explained, the Belgian judge in charge of the case decided to leave the warrant in suspension pending the European Parliament decision on the waive of parliamentary protection.

The same sources also confirm that the warrant against former Catalan minister Lluís Puig "continues" and he will have to appear on February 24th. Unlike Puigdemont and Comín, Puig is not an MEP.

 

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