Catalan secession leaders, facing rebellion charges, flee to Belgium

Source: The Guardian [UK]

“Catalonia’s ousted president and several members of his deposed cabinet fled to Belgium hours before Spain’s attorney general asked for charges of rebellion, sedition and misuse of public funds to be brought against them over their decision to declare independence last week. … On Tuesday morning, a Belgian lawyer acting for the sacked leader said he would give a news conference at 12.30pm (11.30am GMT). Paul Bekaert told Reuters Puigdemont was considering seeking asylum but it was not certain. ‘We have not yet decided yet. We have a lot of time to decide,’ he said. ‘We will see in the coming weeks what we are doing.’ There was also speculation that the Catalans could be intending to set up a government in exile.” (10/31/17)