Spanish Prosecutor Seeks Arrest of Ousted Catalan Leader

MADRID (Reuters) -
Spanish national police officers are seen outside Spain’s High Court where dismissed Catalan government cabinet members were testifying in Madrid, Spain, Thursday. (Reuters/Rafael Marchante)

Spain’s state prosecutor on Thursday asked a High court judge to issue a European arrest warrant for ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont after he failed to appear at a court hearing earlier in the day.

Puigdemont’s lawyer in Belgium, where he has travelled with four members of his sacked cabinet, said the climate in Spain was “not good” and his client wanted to maintain some distance; but he would cooperate with the courts.