31 Oct '17, 2pm

#UPDATE Axed #Catalan president Carles Puigdemont will not seek asylum & is in Brussels 'for safety'

#UPDATE Axed #Catalan president Carles Puigdemont will not seek asylum & is in Brussels 'for safety'

Catalonia's axed separatist leader said Tuesday that he would stay put in Brussels after being dismissed by the Spanish government, but denied he would seek asylum to avoid possible rebellion charges. Calling himself the "legitimate" Catalan president, Carles Puigdemont told a packed news conference he was in Brussels "for safety purposes and freedom" and to "explain the Catalan problem in the institutional heart of Europe." "We want to denounce the politicisation of the Spanish justice system, its lack of impartiality, its pursuing of ideas not crimes, and to explain to the world the Spanish state's serious democratic deficiencies," he said. The 54-year-old, whom Spanish prosecutors want to charge with rebellion -- punishable by up to 30 years in jail -- and sedition, denied, however, that he would seek legal protection from Belgium. "I am not here in order to demand asyl...

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