加泰罗尼亚前总统及多名部长将在比利时出庭

编辑:给力英语新闻 更新:2017年11月18日 作者:美国之音(VOA News)

被罢黜的加泰罗尼亚前总统普伊格蒙特在布鲁塞尔对前来支持他的加泰罗尼亚市长们发表讲话 (2017年11月7日)
被罢黜的加泰罗尼亚前总统普伊格蒙特在布鲁塞尔对前来支持他的加泰罗尼亚市长们发表讲话 (2017年11月7日)

被罢黜的加泰罗尼亚前总统普伊格蒙特和他的4名内阁成员星期五预计将在比利时出庭,法庭将就西班牙发出的在欧洲逮捕普伊格蒙特及其他人一事举行聆讯。

法庭将举行不公开的听证,听取检查官和加泰罗尼亚前官员的辩护律师的陈述,然后法庭将裁决是否要把他们引渡回西班牙。由于他们参与推动加泰罗尼亚独立运动,他们在西班牙面临叛乱和颠覆的指控。

普伊格蒙特和他的4名内阁成员上个月逃奔比利时并拒绝服从传讯到西班牙法庭应诉后,马德里对他们发出了逮捕令。普伊格蒙特和他的4名内阁成员称,他们在西班牙不会得到公平的审判。

西班牙当局解除了普伊格蒙特和他的13人内阁的职务,因为他们推动加泰罗尼亚从西班牙分离出去。

星期五的法庭聆讯可能将是漫长法律之战的第一场战役,原告和被告双方都预计要上诉。

主审法官预计将在8天或10后做出初步裁决。

按照现行的比利时法律,欧盟成员国发出的逮捕令应当在60天内执行。

这就意味着在12月21日加泰罗尼亚人按照马德里的命令举行提前选举,以便让加泰罗尼亚“恢复正常状态”的时候,普伊格蒙特和他的前下属可能依然在比利时。位于西班牙北部的加泰罗尼亚是西班牙最富裕的一个地区。

Catalan Ex-President, Four Ministers to Appear in Belgian Court

Ousted Catalan President Carles Puigdemont and four members of his cabinet are expected to appear before a Belgian court Friday for a hearing in connection with a European arrest warrant issued by Spain.

The court will hear arguments behind closed doors from prosecutors and lawyers for the Catalan ex-officials, before it considers whether to extradite them to Spain, where they would face charges of rebellion and sedition for their roles in region’s independence drive.

Madrid issued the warrant for Puigdemont and the four ex-ministers after they fled to Brussels last month and ignored a summons to appear before a Spanish judge, claiming they would not get a fair trial.

Spanish authorities had removed Puigdemont and his 13-member Cabinet from office for pushing ahead with secession.

Friday’s court appearance will be the first hearing in what could become a protracted courtroom battle, with both sides expected to appeal the outcome.

The judge is expected to give an initial ruling in eight to 10 days.

Under current Belgian law, a decision on a European arrest warrant should be made within 60 days.

That means that Puigdemont and his associates could still be in Belgium when Catalonia goes to the polls Dec. 21 for an early election ordered by Madrid to “restore normality” in Catalonia, Spain’s northern wealthiest region.