Catalan leader 'consulting lawyer in Belgium'

Carles Puigdemont travelled with several members of his axed government to Belgium to seek legal advice, according to media reports. – EPA pic, October 31, 2017.

CARLES Puigdemont, who was removed from office as Catalonia’s president last week by Madrid’s central government, spoke with a lawyer in Belgium yesterday as Spanish prosecutors sought rebellion charges against the region’s separatist leaders.

But Paul Bekaert, who specialises in asylum issues, said “Puigdemont is not in Belgium to request asylum”, only to prepare a legal riposte to any eventual moves by Madrid.

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