Political Unrest
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Ousted Catalan leaders granted conditional release in Belgium

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 11/06/17, 08:59 am

A Belgian judge on Sunday granted conditional release to ousted Catalan President Carles Puigdemont and four of his ministers, hours after they turned themselves in to police. The judge said the leaders must remain in Belgium and appear in court in two weeks. The former Catalan officials all face charges of rebellion, sedition, and embezzlement after they unilaterally declared independence in the autonomous region of Spain. On Friday, a Spanish judge issued European arrest warrants for the leaders after detaining eight other former officials in Spain.

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Spanish court detains eight former Catalan leaders

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 11/03/17, 11:30 am

A Spanish judge on Thursday detained eight members of the deposed Catalan government without bail pending possible charges after Catalonia unilaterally declared independence. The judge released a ninth member of the government, who resigned before the independence declaration, after he paid $58,300 in bail. The Spanish prosecutor’s office summoned the leaders to court Thursday on charges of rebellion, sedition, and embezzlement.

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Iraq’s Kurdish president resigns

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 10/30/17, 11:13 am

Iraqi Kurdish President Masoud Barzani on Sunday said he would resign following an independence referendum last month that triggered a crisis between the autonomous region and Iraq. Barzani did not name a successor but asked the Kurdistan Parliament to distribute his presidential powers among the Kurdish prime minister, the Parliament, and the judiciary.

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