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Catalan leaders freed by Belgian judge

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By Euronews
Catalan leaders freed by Belgian judge

<p>A judge in Belgium has freeded sacked Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont and four of his ministers. </p> <p>Their release is conditional pending a court ruling over a European arrest warrant.</p> <p>The five had earlier turned themselves in following Spain’s issuing of an arrest warrant for rebellion and sedition.</p> <p>All are wanted by the government in Madrid for actions related to the push for Catalonian independence from Spain</p> <p>Puigdemont arrived in Belgium shortly after Madrid sacked Catalonia’s regional government and parliament and imposed direct rule.</p> <p>On Sunday pro-independence supporters held a rally in the the Spanish capital .</p> <p>The Spanish government has called new elections in the region. Latest opinion polls suggest pro-independence parties will together win December’s vote although they may fall just short of a majority of seats in parliament needed to revive the secession campaign.</p>