Photo: Carles Puigdemont in Brussels (by ACN)
By Staff Writer, El Món
Carmen Lamela, judge at the Spanish National Court, issued an international arrest warrant on Friday (Nov 3), for the president of the Generalitat, Carles Puigdemont, and his government counsellors, who are now with him in Belgium.
The order by Lamela is an Order of European Detention (OEDE) and a National and International Search and Capture Order, and calls for prison for Puigdemont and the 4 ex-counsellors. The judge asserted she wants to “guarantee the arrest and delivery to Spain of Puigdemont, Antoni Comin, Clara Ponsatí, Lluís Puig and Meritxell Serret.”
The warrant has been written up for 5 crimes: rebellion, sedition, embezzlement, prevarication and disobedience of authority. Only embezzlement is a crime which actually features in the Belgian Criminal Code. Given the double role of the document, there are two legal levers at play, for each person investigated. The first, the OEDE, is directed to Belgian authorities. As provided in the law, the OEDE is to be handled by the Belgian judicial authorities, which in this case is the Belgian Federal Prosecutor’s Office.
Being a European arrest order it automatically is issued into the Sirene police programme. In issuing the document thusly, a search and capture order will appear across national guard, civil police and Interpol, nationally and internationally. The judge further rejected the request made by Puigdemont and other ex-counsellors, to provide a statement by videoconference.