Catalan 5 cannot leave Belgium before ruling

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BRUSSELS (AP) - Ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont and four close allies have been conditionally released by Belgian authorities but cannot leave Belgium without prior consent.

The five were heard by an investigative judge Sunday afternoon and evening after they voluntarily turned themselves in to authorities, only days after Spain had issued a European arrest warrant.

A statement from the prosecutor's office says they must stay in Belgium and tell authorities where they will reside. They also must attend in person all court hearings and "comply will all summons made by judicial or police authorities."

The five will have to appear in court where the full grounds of Spain's request for their extradition will be ruled on. Any decision there can be appealed.



 
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