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Catalan leader Puigdemont hands himself in to police in Belgium

Staff Writer |
Ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont and four colleagues have handed themselves in to police in Belgium.

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The Brussels prosecutor's office confirmed that the region's former president and his sacked ministers surrendered after Spain issued a warrant for their arrest.

"They were deprived of their liberty at 9.17am (8.17am UK time)," the prosecutors office said.

Spokesman Gilles Dejemeppe said the group have not been arrested and would be heard by an investigating judge on Sunday afternoon.

The judge will have to decide on a course of action - ranging from arrest and imprisonment to conditional release - by 9.17am on Monday.

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