Will Puigdemont Appear in Catalan Parliament Today?

Today promises to be an interesting day in Barcelona as we will learn whether Carles Puigemont, the exiled ex-President, will make a surprise appearance at Parliament to stand for re-election.

Puigdemont lawyer refuses to rule out a surprise appearance in Catalonia

Catalonia’s fugitive ex-president, Carles Puigdemont, asked the region’s parliament on Monday to guarantee his right to attend a session this week in which he hopes to be re-elected government leader, without being arrested.

Spain’s constitutional court ruled on Saturday that Mr Puigdemont, who fled to Belgium following an illegal declaration of independence last October, must be present in parliament to be chosen as the region’s chief in Tuesday’s session. But a Spanish judge has ordered Mr Puigdemont’s arrest on possible rebellion and sedition charges if he re-enters Spain.

The constitutional court also said Mr Puigdemont must get court permission to attend the session. Initially, Mr Puigdemont was expected to seek that, but his lawyer said Monday this was unlikely. The lawyer did not rule out Mr Puigdemont’s attendance.

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