Spain targets Puigdemont with new international arrest warrant

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Spain has issued a new international arrest warrant for former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont who fled to Belgium to avoid prosecution over the failed 2017 independence bid.

The warrant, which calls for his detention on grounds of sedition and misuse of public funds, was issued by the Supreme Court.

Puigdemont fled after the short-lived declaration of independence in October 2017, which came just a few weeks after his regional government staged a secession referendum that was banned by Madrid.

Five other pro-independence leaders escaped with him and are variously living in Belgium, Switzerland and Scotland. Of the six, four were wanted for rebellion and two were wanted for misuse of public funds.