Judge Carmen Lamela issued European and international arrest warrants for Carles Puigdemont and four other former Catalan regional ministers on Friday evening, and ordered them to be imprisoned on remand without bail, the National High Court confirmed.

"Carles Puigdemont Casamajó appears to be in Belgium", says the judge.

The warrants are for the crimes of rebellion, sedition, misuse of public funds, abuse of authority and contempt of court.

The judge said Mr. Puigdemont and the others may not appear by video link from Belgium and says they travelled abroad "with the sole aim of ev...