BELGIAN justice officially CLOSES the process against Puigdemont and the ex advisors.

During the brief process, the presence of former members of the Government was not necessary.

The Belgian justice has officially filed this Thursday the open case against former President of the Generalitat Carles Puigdemont and ex-advisors Antoni Comín, Lluís Puig, Meritxell Serret and Clara Ponsatí.

The end of the extradition process, advanced by defense sources, was requested by the judge of the Supreme Court Pablo Llarena nine days ago, when he withdrew the euroorden dictated last November 3 by the judge of the National Court Carmen Lamela.

The European order of arrest and delivery, or euroorden, is the instrument that replaces the traditional extradition on the basis of dispensing with the intervention of the political authority allowing the international persecution of crimes to take place directly between judicial authorities.
Belgian justice officially closes the process against Puigdemont

The Government of each country shall intervene solely and exclusively to provide technical support, in particular, to seek the translation of the detention order into the language of the country in which it is to be executed.

With the decision to back down, Llarena wanted to prevent the Belgian justice limit the crimes for which they can be prosecuted, which would have prevented Spanish judges act against politicians escaped by crimes such as rebellion, the most serious of those that are attributed to them.

The Belgian trial judge has given shelve to the case past 11.30 this morning, declaring "not coming", in an expected process that has lasted only a few minutes.

The presence of the former members of the government has not been necessary, and they have been represented in the hearing by their lawyers. 

A Spanish arrest warrant still weighs on the five politicians, so they would be arrested if they returned to Spain.

The withdrawal of the European arrest warrant and the final closure of the process in Belgium mean that the precautionary measures imposed by the justice system in that country have been formally invalid. 

Puigdemont and the ex-advisors could not leave Belgium, they had to communicate a fixed address and their agenda for the day, and they had to appear before the authorities when they were required.

If Mr. Puigdemont travels to another European country there can be problems, there is no judicial certainty, each country has different criminal laws and jurisprudence. 

The security forces have tightened controls on the border with France before a possible stellar appearance of Carles Puigdemont during the election campaign, and collaboration with the neighboring country in case the former president steps on French territory seems guaranteed.

WIKI. Carles Puigdemont i Casamajó (Catalan pronunciation: 29 December 1962) is a politician from Catalonia, who became the President of the Government of Catalonia on 12 January 2016. His current status is a matter of dispute following Catalonia's unilateral declaration of independence from the Kingdom of Spain on 27 October 2017.