Category: Belgium

6th May 2021

Former Catalan minister challenges European Parliament immunity decision

  Lawyers for former Catalan education minister and St Andrews academic Professor Carla Ponsati have stated their intention to challenge the decision of the European Parliament to remove Professor Ponsati’s immunity as an MEP. Appearing before Edinburgh’s Sheriff Court on 4 May 2021, Professor Ponsati’s legal team argued that no date should be fixed for […]

28th Jan 2021

Belgium requests extradition of suspect in Essex lorry deaths

A Vietnamese man, arrested in December 2020 on an EAW issued by a Brussels court, was brought before Westminster Magistrates’ Court this month to commence extradition proceedings against him. Hung Sy Truong, also known as Mr Tai, is wanted in connection with the transport of Vietnamese migrants from a safe house in Brussels to Bierne […]

8th Aug 2020

Belgian court refuses extradition of ex-Catalan minister

A Belgian court yesterday refused the Spanish government’s request for the extradition of ex-Catalan culture minister Lluis Puig on charges of misusing public funds in the organisation of an outlawed independence referendum. Mr Puig has been in exile in Brussels since fleeing Spain in October 2017 with other Catalan secessionist politicians fearing arrest for their […]

3rd Jan 2020

Belgian court suspends extradition of ex-Catalan leader Puigdemont

A Brussels court has ordered the suspension of Carles Puigdemont’s extradition to Spain. The judge also suspended the arrest warrant issued against former Catalan cabinet member Toni Comin. The pair’s immunity as Members of the European Parliament (‘MEPs’)was cited as a ground for the suspension by the court. The former Catalan pro-independence leader is wanted […]

6th Nov 2019

Spain renews attempts to extradite former Catalan politicians

Former Catalan leader, Carles Puigdemont, and former Catalan politician and scholar, Clara Ponsati, are fighting renewed Spanish extradition requests to Belgium and Scotland respectively. The renewed warrants were issued last month by the Spanish Supreme Court following the conviction of several other Catalan separatist leaders in the Spanish Supreme Court. Mr Puigdemont is wanted in […]

17th May 2018

Extradition of Catalan Separatists from Brussels.

Yesterday, a court in Brussels ruled that the Catalan Separatists: Toni Comín, Meritxell Serret and Lluis Puig should not be extradited to Spain. The decision from the Belgian Court marks another obstacle on the Spanish authorities’ course to extradite those who were involved in the Catalan independence vote last year. Comín, Serret and Puig are […]

4th Dec 2017

Belgian court to rule on extradition of Carlos Puigdemont to Spain

A Belgian Court is due to rule on 14 December on whether former-Catalan President Carlos Puigdemont will be extradited to Spain, where he faces charges of sedition, rebellion, and misuse of public funds. Mr Puigdemont fled to Belgium following the Catalan parliament’s declaration of independence from Spain in October, stating that he would not receive […]

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