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Media from around the world have reported Belgian justice's decision to suspend the European Arrest Warrant issued by Spain against exiled Catalan president Carles Puigdemont and minister Toni Comín.  

Below, a selection of headlines on the story from leading international media.

The Washington Post

"Belgian judge suspends European Arrest Warrant for Catalonia’s Puigdemont, because of his immunity as an MEP."

US network ABC

"Belgian judicial authorities have suspended the arrest warrant targeting Puigdemont and Comín."

Agence France Presse

"The Belgian judge in charge of the process of extradition to Spain of Catalan pro-independence leader Carles Puigdemont has ruled that he enjoys immunity as an MEP and has suspended the procedure, a lawyer has announced."

French daily 'Le Monde'

"A Belgian judge suspends the process of Carles Puigdemont's extradition to Spain."

German news agency DPA

"A Belgian judge has suspended the process of extraditing Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont to Spain"

German public broadcaster Deutsche Welle

"Belgium will not extradite Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont to Spain after a judge on Thursday suspended the arrest warrant against him and fellow pro-independence politician Antoni Comín."

Munich daily 'Süddeutsche Zeitung'

"Belgium will not extradite Catalan separatists Carles Puigdemont and Toni Comín to Spain"

German public radio Deutschlandfunk

"A Belgian investigating judge has suspended the execution of the Spanish extradition request against Catalan politician Puigdemont."

Hamburg-based weekly 'Die Zeit'

"Belgian court decision: as long as the Catalan independence leader Carles Puigdemont enjoys immunity as a Member of the European Parliament, he cannot be extradited to Spain"

Italian agency Ansa

"Belgian justice suspends Puigdemont's extradition"

Brussels daily 'La libre Belgique'

"The judge has also lifted the court restriction that prevented Puigdemont and Comin from leaving Belgium"

Qatar broadcaster 'Al Jazeera' 

"Belgian judge suspends extradition of Carles Puigdemont and Toni Comín, citing their immunity as members of the European Parliament."

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