A woman with a cage over her head and her face covered with a Catalan pro-independence Estelada flag takes part in a demonstration in Barcelona on November 3, 2017 to protest against the detention of Catalan officials in Madrid. AFP / Josep LAGO
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A Spanish judge issued an international arrest warrant Friday for former members of the Catalan Cabinet who were last seen in Brussels, including the ousted separatist leader Carles Puigdemont who said he was prepared to run for his old job even while battling extradition in Belgium."I did not flee, but it's impossible to properly prepare" a legal defense while in Spain, he told the broadcaster.Belgian prosecutors said they would study the warrant and then give it to a judge. If Belgium acts on the international warrant issued by Spain and arrests him, Puigdemont would have to be brought before an investigating judge within 24 hours.Spain says the only legal way to achieve secession is by reforming Spain's 1978 Constitution with an ample majority in the national Parliament, not by regional votes.
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