Spain withdraws international arrest warrant for ousted Catalan president

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Spain’s supreme court has withdrawn an international arrest warrant for Catalonia’s former leader Carles Puigdemont and four other members of his deposed cabinet.

According to a statement from the court, Judge Pablo Llarena said the five expressed a willingness to return to Spain and participate in the regional elections, where campaigning began at midnight on Tuesday.

The statement added the international warrant cannot apply because the crimes are alleged to have been committed as part of a wider group.

The Spanish arrest warrant remains.

Mr Puigdemont’s lawyer Paul Bekaert said he assumed this meant court proceedings in Belgium would end, but the former leader would not go back to Spain straight away.

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