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Finnish police seek Puigdemont’s arrest under European warrant

Finnish police seek Puigdemont’s arrest under European warrant

Finnish police said Saturday they were seeking to arrest Catalonia’s former president Carles Puigdemont under a European arrest warrant issued by Spain, but did not know his whereabouts. Puigdemont, who lives in self-imposed exile in Belgium, has been visiting Finland since Thursday for talks with lawmakers and had been due to leave on Saturday afternoon. […] …

Jailed Catalan separatist Sanchez drops leadership bid

Jailed Catalan separatist Sanchez drops leadership bid

Jordi Sanchez, a separatist civic leader in jail over his alleged role in Catalonia’s secession drive, has dropped his bid to lead the region, the Catalan parliamentary speaker said Wednesday. “Faced with the repeated violation of his fundamental rights… the lawmaker Jordi Sanchez sent me a letter announcing he was renouncing his candidacy,” Roger Torrent […] …

Spanish police raid Catalan govt HQ in vote probe

Spanish police raid Catalan govt HQ in vote probe

Spanish police searched the seat of the Catalan regional government in Barcelona on Thursday as part of an investigation into how last year’s banned independence referendum was funded. A Civil Guard spokesperson said the operation targeted the “citizens assistance office” and the offices of the grassroots separatist group Omnium Cultural, whose leader was jailed last year […] …

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