Puigdemont "will not go to Madrid" on Thursday because "he will not have a fair trial" in Spain, Bekaert pointed out in statements quoted by the Belgian TV station NOS and reproduced by media.
If Puigdemont is arrested it would make it unlikely that he could participate in regional elections, called by Spain after it sacked the Catalan government last week, on December 21.
It appears likely that a European arrest warrant is now likely to be made by a High Court judge. "A president has to fulfil the law and if he doesn't, it is better that he stays calm, because if he starts doing something outside the law, he is going to lose everything".
The struggle has divided Catalonia itself and caused deep resentment across the rest of Spain. That same day, Spain's attorney general said Puigdemont and other senior government officials were accused of rebellion, sedition and embezzlement.
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Earlier, the Supreme Court suspended until next week the questioning of six Catalan legislators under investigation for rebellion following the declaration of independence.
She said the defendants, who could face jail sentences of up to 50 years, must be held in custody because they were a flight risk and could destroy evidence.
Spain's High Court issued a summons for Puigdemont and 13 of his colleagues to appear in the Madrid-based court on Thursday and Friday.
On October 27th, the pro-independence majority in the northeastern region's parliament hurriedly approved a declaration of independence.