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Ex-Catalan Leader Barred From Leaving Belgium Without Judge’s Consent

A man thought to be sacked Catalan President Carles Puigdemont is seen seated inside the Belgian Prosecutor's office in Brussels, Belgium, November 5, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Yves Herman

A man thought to be sacked Catalan President Carles Puigdemont is seen seated inside the Belgian Prosecutor’s office in Brussels, Belgium, November 5, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Yves Herman

Brussels: A Belgian judge has granted conditional release to sacked Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont and four of his ministers, and the group is scheduled to appear at court within 15 days, Belgian prosecutors said on Monday.

Puigdemont, who turned himself in to the Belgian police after Spain issued a European arrest warrant for rebellion and misuse of public funds, is barred from leaving Belgium without a judge’s consent.

“The next step in the proceedings is the appearance of the five defendants before the Chambre du Conseil within the next 15 days,” prosecutors said in a statement.