Sacked Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont defies order to appear in Spanish court

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Mr Puigdemont, who could be charged with rebellion for declaring independence last week, said his party would "fight with all our strength" in the regional election next month.

On Monday, Spain's state prosecutor filed charges of rebellion, sedition and misuse of public funds against Puigdemont for defying the central government by holding an referendum on secession on October 1 and proclaiming independence.

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy sacked Puigdemont and his government on Friday, hours after the Catalan parliament made a unilateral declaration of independence in a vote boycotted by the opposition and declared illegal by Spanish courts.

After Catalonia declared independence Friday, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy dissolved the Catalan Parliament, fired all leaders and called for new regional elections, set to take place December 21.

01 de noviembre de 2017, 09:18Madrid, Nov 1 (Prensa Latina) The removed president of Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont, ignores the subpoena he received from the National Court (AN) of Spain to testify on Thursday for alleged crimes of rebelliousness, sedition and embezzlement, his lawyer said today.

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The Spanish High Court summoned Puigdemont and 13 other members of the former Catalan government to testify on Thursday and Friday regarding the charges against them.

Three former advisers for the Catalan government have already returned to Spain on Tuesday, but they were greeted by chants "off to prison" for their involvement with the ousted Catalan government. Should the leaders not respond to this, they can indeed be jailed pending trial and considered a flight risk.

But he has said he would not seek asylum and would return to Spain "immediately" if guaranteed a fair judicial process.

In the meantime, Spanish prosecutors requested that the court demand $US7.2 million from each of the accused for "potential liabilities".

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