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Ousted Catalan leader surrenders to police

Ousted Catalan leader surrenders to policeā€

Belgian prosecutors, who have a European arrest warrant from Spain for Puigdemont and four of his associates, will soon brief the media on the case, VRT says.

The fight between Spain and Catalonia's separatists reached a Belgian judge on Sunday after the region's deposed leader and four ex-ministers surrendered in Brussels to face possible extradition to Madrid for allegedly plotting a rebellion.

Mr Puigdemont and several aides fled to Belgium after they were fired by Spanish authorities when politicians in Catalonia voted to declare independence from Spain despite repeated warnings that it would violate the nation's constitution.

Madrid:A Spanish judge issued an European Union arrest warrant for Catalonia's deposed separatist leader Carles Puigdemont, a day after he failed to appear for questioning over his role in the region's tumultuous independence drive.

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According to Belgian procedures, prosecutors must bring suspects to a judge, who has 24 hours to decide whether or not to approve the arrest warrant.

The Spanish government have said that the jailing of the Catalan politicians is not politically motivated.

"People came today because we want to send a message to Europe that even if our president is still in Brussels and all our government now is in Madrid jailed, that the independence movement still didn't finish and people are still striving to get independence in a peaceful and democratic way", said 24-year-old protester Adria Ballester in Barcelona. The ninth spent a night behind bars before posting bail and being released.

Also in the interview he said that he was "willing to be a candidate" in the regional elections on December 21 and added that he could campaign from overseas.

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President of Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont, looks on during a government meeting at the Palau de la Generalitat building on October 17, 2017 in Barcelona, Spain.

The referendum on Catalonia's independence was deemed illegal by the Spanish courts, but went ahead amid scuffles with authorities. The declaration is deemed mostly symbolic because it is unlikely Spain or the worldwide community will recognize an independent Catalonia.

Hundreds of pro-secession Catalans gathered in towns across the region on Sunday.

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