Carles Puigdemont, a separatists Catalan leader who flew to Belgium last week, accuses Europe of wrong policy.
The ex-president of Catalonia believes that the European politicians who have blanked his efforts to win international support for his defunct government. According to the separatist, there was an “absolute disconnect between the interests of the people and the European elites”. He added as well that Catalonia’s problem is much bigger that we used to think, moreover, the issue of human rights which requires maximum attention in Catalonia and Europe.
Carles Puigdemont said in an interview with Catalan public radio.
“Europe cannot have a whole government in prison or in exile,”
How Catalan leader fled from Spanish Femida
Last week, the adepts of independence of Catalonia were really surprised when they found out their leader disappeared from Spain. Mr Puigdemont appeared in Belgium’s capital where he did his best to win support for his cause. The ex-president of Catalonia fights extradition to Madrid where he and four other ex-ministers are wanted for questioning for rebellion, sedition and embezzlement.
During this week, the Spanish government restored the law and order, so, eight other members of the ousted Catalan government are in jail now.
“The Brussels prosecutor’s office hereby confirms that the hearing at the council chamber will take place on Nov. 17 at 1400 (1300 GMT),”
Belgian prosecutors said in a statement.
The hearing is one stage of the European extradition procedure that could take several weeks to complete.