Council Chamber’s decision on Puigdemont and his Ministers to be rendered on 14 December

Monday, 04 December 2017 20:58
Council Chamber’s decision on Puigdemont and his Ministers to be rendered on 14 December © Belga
Brussels Council Chamber’s decision concerning the Catalonia leader Carles Puigdemont and four of his former Ministers will be rendered on 14 December, the defendants’ lawyers announced at the end of the hearing Monday morning.
They claim that the charges held against their clients are not punishable in Belgium, and what’s more, an extradition would constitute a violation of their fundamental rights.

After more than three hours since the beginning of the audience before the Council Chamber, the five defendants’ lawyers appeared on the steps of the Brussels Courthouse.

padejupuidonim14dec667

The prosecution repeated their requisition in favor of extradition as at the first audience, Mr. Marchand, who represents two ex-ministers, reported.

For their part, the defense attorneys pleaded that the allegations held against the defendants were not punishable in Belgium. “What’s more, if they are extradited, there would be a risk of violating their fundamental rights,” Mr. Marchand and Bekaert, with their Spanish counterpart, stipulated. They made no further comment.

puid14decpadeju668im2

The Judge will now look into their arguments. The case has been reserved for judgment. The Council Chamber’s decision will be known on 14 December, that is a week before Catalonia elections.

Maria Novak
The Brussels Times
Google Plus

More Stories

Three out of four Belgians see EU membership as beneficial

Three out of four Belgians see EU membership as beneficial

Three-quarters of Belgians feel that membership of the European Union (EU) has benefitted their country, according to the latest edition of Parlemeter 2018, Eurobarometer Survey 90 of the European Parliament.

No more additional insurance charges for long-term illnesses

No more additional insurance charges for long-term illnesses

Insurance companies will no longer be able to increase medical insurance charges for people who have previously suffered from long-term illnesses, consumer affairs minister Kris Peeters announced.

Combating misinformation: Facebook, Twitter and EC put forward their road map

Combating misinformation: Facebook, Twitter and EC put forward their road map

Threatened by the European Commission as to the imposition of new rules to intensify the fight against online misinformation, the main social media platforms (Google, Facebook, Mozilla and Twitter) on Tuesday set out self-regulatory measures.