Puigdemont will not flee from justice and wants to stand for elections in Catalonia
Carles Puigdemont sings the Catalan anthem on October 27 in the Parliament of Catalonia, in Barcelona, after the session that declared independence
The dismissed Catalan president, Carles Puigdemont, assured on Friday to the Belgian television RTBF that he is not going to flee from the justice and indicated, according to the channel, his intention to appear to the regional elections of the 21 of December in Catalonia.
“I will go to justice, but to true justice (…) I have told my lawyers to express to the Belgian justice that I am fully prepared to collaborate,” he explained, in French, the dismissed president of the Catalan executive in a exclusive interview.
On the contrary, the Spanish justice is “evidently politicized,” he stressed, according to a fragment released before the broadcast of the complete interview, which is scheduled to be broadcast at 7:30 p.m. (6:30 p.m. GMT).
The Spanish justice system is seeking a request from Belgium for surrender to Puigdemont, investigated in Spain on charges of “rebellion” and “sedition”, among others, following the declaration of independence of Catalonia on October 27.
The prosecution asked a judge of the National High Court to issue a European arrest warrant, which would then be sent to Belgium, where the Catalan leader and some of the members of his government are located, since Monday.
According to Puigdemont, there are no guarantees in Spain of “having a just, independent sentence that can escape this enormous pressure, this enormous influence of politics in the judicial power in Spain”.
A RTBF journalist also reported Puigdemont’s desire to run for regional elections on December 21 in Catalonia, saying that the independence leader is willing to campaign from abroad.