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Puigdemont and Catalan ministers to face extradition hearing in Brussels next Monday at 9am

Belgian judge could decide whether or not to accept the request to send them back to Spain, or to summon them for a new hearing

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30 November 2017 05:39 PM

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ACN | Brussels

Carles Puigdemont and four of his ministers will face their extradition hearing next Monday in Brussels, at 9am. In a public statement, the Belgian prosecutor stated that the judge presiding over the case had summoned Puigdemont and his ministers to court, who are currently in Brussels after being deposed after the enforcement of Article 155.

According to the Belgian prosecutor, the hearing “could possibly last all day” and will take place in the Portalis building, where the prosecutor’s office and the Council Chamber are also located. Thus, the hearing won’t be held in the Palace of Justice, where the previous extradition hearing took place.

Next Monday, the Belgian judge will decide what comes next. One the one hand, the Belgian judiciary could choose a date to announce whether they accept the extradition request or not. On the other hand, he could summon Puigdemont and his ministers again, for a new hearing

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  • Carles Puigdemont speaking to the press in Brussels on November 29 2017 (by Laura Pous)

  • Carles Puigdemont speaking to the press in Brussels on November 29 2017 (by Laura Pous)