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Fugitive Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont officially denied entry into Canada

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Published on November 02, 2019 with No Comments

Fugitive Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont has been officially refused entry into Canada because he is wanted in Spain on possible charges of sedition and misuse of public funds, his Montreal-based lawyer said.

Stephane Handfield said an immigration official denied the Catalan leader’s Electronic Travel Authorization, which is required for European visitors to Canada. Handfield said he will contest the decision in federal court.Puigdemont had been trying to enter Canada for months at the invitation of a Quebec nationalist and separatist group. “The immigration agent arrived to the conclusion that there are reasonable motives to believe that, given the pending charges in Spain against Mr. Puigdemont following the 2017 referendum, he would be forbidden on Canadian territory,” Handfield shared with media. A Spanish Supreme Court judge on Oct. 14. issued an international arrest warrant for Puigdemont following the sentencing of 12 of his pro-Catalonia independence colleagues.

Puigdemont has so far avoided extradition from Germany and Belgium, where he fled at the end of 2017, following a failed attempt to declare independence in the wealthy region.


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