Spain withdraws Puigdemont arrest warrant

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A Spanish judge has withdrawn an international arrest warrant for the former Catalan President Carles Puigdemont and four other ministers, the BBC reports.

They fled to Belgium a month ago after declaring unilateral independence in a referendum ruled illegal by Spain.

Despite the withdrawal, the judge said they still faced possible charges for sedition and rebellion.

Rebellion is considered one of the most serious crimes in Spain, carrying a jail term of up to 30 years.

Spanish Supreme Court judge, Pablo Llareno, announced the move on Tuesday, citing willingness the former Catalan President’s had shown to return to Spain ahead of fresh regional elections.

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