Eight Catalonia Ministers Jailed, Madrid Seeks European Arrest Warrant for Catalan Leader

Spain, a country that supports a two-state solution in Palestine, detained eight Catalan ministers on trumped up charges of sedition. Prosecutors also seek an arrest warrant for ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont.

We all knew it would come down to this: Sacked Catalonia Ministers Held by Madrid Court.

Eight sacked Catalan ministers have been remanded in custody by a Spanish high court judge over the region's push for independence. Prosecutors had asked the judge to detain eight of the nine former regional government members who turned up for questioning in Madrid.

They are accused of rebellion, sedition, and misuse of public funds. Prosecutors are also seeking a European Arrest Warrant for ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont.

The request also covers four other dismissed Catalan ministers who did not show up in court in Madrid as requested, but have been in Belgium since Monday.

Detained

  • Former Deputy Vice President Oriol Junqueras
  • Former Interior Minister Joaquim Forn
  • Former Foreign Affairs Minister Raül Romeva
  • Former Justice Minister Carles Mundó
  • Former Labour Minister Dolors Bassa
  • Former Government Presidency Councillor Jordi Turull
  • Former Sustainable Development Minister Josep Rull
  • Former Culture Minister Meritxell Borras

In a statement broadcast on Catalan TV from an undisclosed location in Belgium, Mr. Puigdemont described the detention of the eight ex-ministers as "an act that breaks with the basic principles of democracy".

What's Next?

If Spain's high court judge issues a warrant, a European Arrest Warrant (EAW) will be sent to Belgian prosecutors, who have 24 hours to decide whether the paperwork is correct. If they do, they then have 15 days to arrest Mr. Puigdemont and the four others. If one or all of them appeals against it, that process could last another 15 days.

Belgium has a maximum of 60 days to return the suspects to Spain after an arrest. But if the suspects do not raise legal objections, a transfer could happen within a few days.

A country can reject an EU arrest warrant if it fears that extradition would violate the suspect's human rights. Discrimination based on politics, religion or race is grounds for refusal. So are fears that the suspect would not get a fair trial.

There is an agreed EU list of 32 offenses - in Article Two of the EAW law - for which there is no requirement for the offense to be a crime in both countries. In other words, any of those offenses can be a justification for extradition, provided the penalty is at least three years in jail.

However, neither "sedition" nor "rebellion" - two of the Spanish accusations against the Catalan leaders - are on that list.

Two Country Solution

Flash Forward November 2, 2017: Spain arrests Catalan leaders for holding a peaceful independence vote. 90% voted for independence.

Proper Position

Mike "Mish" Shedlock

Thanks Mish for covering this story. Made me think of George Orwell's fine book Homage to Catalonia about the Spanish Civil war before WWII.

Don't expect any sympathy for Catalonia from the EU. They are firmly on the side of Spain.

The EU Kings have no Clothes...

The actions of the Catalan separatists don't make any sense to me. If they have declared independence then why do they subject themselves to the authority of a Spanish court? It seems that those 8 detained went to court to answer charges. That is explicit recognition of a Spanish court. If they believe they are truly independent then they should tell the Spanish court to go to hell and focus on building independent institutions. And if the Spanish national police show up to arrest them, the separatists would need to get their supporters to prevent such arrests.

Based on your approach, they should resolve this by open war-fare.

@peacock

Subjecting one's self to the authority of a nation's court is not the same thing as being seized and arrested by that nation and forced to trial for a crime of which they've accused you.

Once arrested, anyone can refuse to participate. They can refuse to lodge a plea; refuse to speak; refuse to interact, answer the judge...etc. That's how you "refuse to recognize the authority" of some particular court.

That doesn't mean they won't take you outside and shoot you to show you that their authority is valid - it just means that as long as you're alive, you don't recognize it.

@Mish You been so wrong on this subject matter that if I roll my yes any harder I would be able to see the back of my head... So in case you don't know (I think you do but you have decided to ignore the fact long ago). These people (among many other things) are accused of using tax dollars to finance their "independence" movement. Let's assume that Jerry Brown decides tomorrow to take a big chunk of California's tax money and divert it to the California "independence" movement. What do you think it will happen to him?

If Jerry Brown crowd funded an independence vote he would be over funded, and the residual could be sent to IL, NY, and the other Collectivist, anti-American black holes. The rest of the country would even help them rig the votes to secede. Why didn't Catalonia launch an ICO to fund the independence movement? They would've received enough to jump start the new govt, institute their own 2nd amendment and buy everyone their first gun.

@Blacklisted LoL wishful thinking Artur Mas was fine 6M euros for diverting tax funds to fund the "independence" movement. He then launch an ICO to have Catalonias help him pay for it. H collected 2M euros so about 1 euro per independista. So LOL Catalonias will not pay for the "independence" get real

If Catalonia, Brexit, Trump, the elections in France, Germany, Austria and Czech Rep have not sent a clear enough message on where things are headed, wait until the Italian elections and the dollar starts to make new highs. The govt/socialist bubble is popping and the worthless sociopaths in govt are going to lose what little mind they have trying to hold on to their perks and power, which means taxes and oppression will continue to rise.

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