Belgian crisis center assesses whether Puigdemont needs protection
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    The crisis center at SPF Interior will consider whether Carles Puigdemont, the deposed Catalan president who is currently living in Brussels, should benefit from special protection measures, reports Belga news agency. “The crisis center will decide whether action is needed based on information from the Coordinating Body for Threat Analysis (Ocam) as well as an overall observation of the situation,” said Peter Mertens, spokesperson for the crisis center.

    “If measures are to be taken, the crisis center will not disclose them, because the center never communicates about safety measures that are taken for individuals.”

    In the meantime, Chambord Hotel in Brussels has confirmed that Carles Puigdemont has been one of its clients. On Tuesday, a Spanish court summoned the deposed Catalan president and several members of his government to face charges for declaring Catalonia’s independence. They must present themselves this Thursday in Madrid or risk an arrest warrant.

    Belgian lawyer Paul Bekaert, who works with a Catalan colleague to defend Puigdemont, told Flemish private channel VTM that he does not think that his client plans to return to Spain in the coming weeks.

    Oscar Schneider
    The Brussels Times