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    Catalan Ex-Leader Skips Day in Court, Ministers Jailed

    He sends his regrets. Carles Puigdemont, removed as Catalonia’s president after his region declared independence, did not join nine lower-ranking Catalan officials who appeared for questioning in Spain’s high court today. Puigdemont, who has taken refuge in Belgium, has dismissed it as a “political trial.” Prosecutors are now seeking a European arrest warrant for the former leader. Meanwhile, eight of his former ministers have already been jailed by Spain’s national court, pending investigation into potential charges of rebellion and sedition, as well as misuse of public funds.

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