Spain sends Belgium arrest warrant request for Catalan leader

Former Catalan President Carles Puigdemont holds a news conference in Brussels, Belgium, after Spain's Supreme Court sentenced nine separatist leaders from Catalonia, October 14, 2019. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

Belgium has received a third European arrest warrant request from Spain’s Supreme Court for former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont, a spokeswoman for the Brussels prosecutor said on Wednesday.

The warrant arrived in Spanish but the law requires that it be sent in one of Belgium’s three national languages or English so Spain will send a new one next week, the spokeswoman said.

“Considering the complexity of the file and the two European arrest warrants previously sent against Mr. Puigdemont, the case will require a thorough judicial analysis,” she added.