Supreme Court judge Pablo Llarena issued a ruling on Tuesday morning ordering the withdrawal of the European Arrest Warrants against the former Catalan First Minister, Carles Puigdemont, and four other former regional ministers—Clara Ponsatí (education), Toni Comín (health), Lluís Puig (culture) and Meritxell Serret (agriculture)—who are with him in Brussels.

Llarena believes that, were the arrest warrant process to continue, Puigdemont and the other four might only be investigated and tried for some of the crimes they stand accused of: rebellion, sedition and misuse of public funds, were a Belgian judge to refuse to countenance them all.

There is still a Spanish arrest warrant outstanding and the judge writes the five "seem to have demonstrated their intent to return to Spain" in...

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