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Prison for officials in Brussels would have caused “irreparable damage”, according to Belgian judge

For the magistrate, “there’s no reason to doubt that they will fully collaborate” with the country’s justice

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15 November 2017 11:45 AM

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ACN | Barcelona

The dismissed Catalan president Carles Puigdemont and the four deposed Catalan ministers that are currently in Belgium weren’t sent to prison because the Belgian judge in charge of the case considered that it would have caused "irreparable damage." The Catalan newspaper ‘Ara’ had access to the judge's decree of the Minister of Agriculture, Meritxell Serret, on November 5.

According to the text, which is supposed to be similar to those of the other members of the Catalan government currently in Belgium, Serret had only €1,000 available at that moment. Thus, her lawyers warned the judge that a higher bail would have "implied her imprisonment.” The Belgian judge ruled that "this fact [the imprisonment] would imply irreparable damages."

  • "There is no reason to doubt that they will fully collaborate" 

    Belgian judge

“No reason to doubt that they’ll fully collaborate”

In addition, the magistrate considered that "there is no reason to think" that Puigdemont and the deposed ministers will "evade Belgian justice." Indeed, the judge highlighted that "there is no reason to doubt that they will fully collaborate" with the justice of the country.

The text also shows that the judge thinks there’s no reason to believe that neither Puigdemont nor the deposed Catalan ministers will flee from Belgium or destroy evidence. 

The Belgian judged responsible for their case received a European arrest warrant issued by the Spain for the deposed Catalan president and the ministers who are currently with him in Brussels.  

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  • Carles Puigdemont in Brussels with five of his ministers (by Blanca Blay)

  • Carles Puigdemont in Brussels with five of his ministers (by Blanca Blay)

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