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Spain’s top crim­i­nal court has sum­moned Puigde­mont and 13 mem­bers of his dis­missed gov­ern­ment to tes­tify, says Jen­nifer Rankin in The Guardian. If they do not ap­pear, prose­cu­tors could or­der their ar­rest.

Un­usu­ally, Bel­gian law al­lows cit­i­zens of other EU states to claim asy­lum there. Puigde­mont has not done so, but did state that he had come to Brus­sels to seek “free­dom and safety”. Bel­gium’s im­mi­gra­tion min­is­ter, Theo Francken – of the Flem­ish sep­a­ratist N-VA party – said he could seek asy­lum. In re­sponse, PM Charles Michel, of the lib­eral MR party, said that Francken was not speak­ing for the gov­ern­ment, and asked him “not to add fuel to the fire”.

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