Belgian court blocks extradition of former Catalan ministers

Second defeat for Spanish justice system over Catalan issue

16 May, 18:21

    (ANSAmed) - MADRID, MAY 16 - The Belgian prosecutor's office requested the Court of Brussels reject Spain's request for extradition of three former Catalan government ministers, Meritxell Serret, Toni Comin and Lluis Puig, currently "exiled" in Brussels.

    The prosecutor's office, which represents the Spanish government in the proceedings, found, among other things, errors in the format of the extradition request signed by Madrid Judge Pablo Llarena, said Spanish daily El Periodico.

    In a hearing on Wednesday morning, a Court of Brussels judge granted the request to reject extradition, said TV3.

    The Belgian court's decision is the second defeat for the Spanish justice system, following that of a court in the German state of Schleswig-Holstein.

    Last month that court ruled the charge of rebellion against former Catalan President Carles Puigdemont was inadmissible due to the absence of violent episodes. (ANSAmed).

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