Pro-independence activist accused of terrorism is in Brussels
Adrià Carrasco to hold press conference on Thursday with same legal team as exiled political leaders
Pro-independence activist Adrià Carrasco, accused in April of terrorism and rebellion for his involvement in a number of protests, is now in Brussels.
A member of the CDR protest group, Carrasco is subject to an arrest warrant in Spain after police failed to find him at his home in April, when they went to his house to arrest him and take him to testify in Spain's National Court in Madrid.
Carrasco will hold a press conference on Thursday morning in the Belgian capital with his lawyer, Christophe Marchand.
Indeed the activist has the same legal team as the former Catalan president, Carles Puigdemont, also in Brussels, his former cabinet members, and the rapper Valtònyc, who absconded to Belgium after being sentenced to 3.5 years in jail for some lyrics.
While the activist avoided arrest by leaving Catalonia, another individual, Tamara Carrasco, who is accused of the same crimes, was arrested in April and testified before the National Court.
However, the judge freed Carrasco and did not accept the charges of terrorism and rebellion put forward by the Spanish prosecutor. She was charged instead with public disorder and released on conditional bail, which prevents her from leaving her town of Viladecans unless it is to work somewhere else.
The prosecutor said Carrasco was involved in "leading and coordinating acts of sabotage" with the aim of "moving the Catalan conflict to the streets with violent actions."
In a leaked audio attributed to her, Carrasco is allegedly heard planning several protest actions, such as cutting roads, interrupting activity in Barcelona's port and its largest wholesale food market, as well as promoting a general strike.