Catalonia crisis: Sacked ministers held by Madrid court

Catalonia: Sacked leaders summoned to Madrid court

The prosecutor has asked the National Court judge to issue an worldwide arrest warrant against them.

Puigdemont's lawyer Paul Bekaert told Reuters that his client would not travel to Spain where the political climate was "not good", but would cooperate with Spanish and Belgian justice.

Dastis said he believes Puigdemont will not seek political asylum in Belgium.

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Several hundred people took part in another protest called after the nine leaders were ordered held in custody, many fewer than the hundreds of thousands who staged several demonstrations for independence over the last two months.

"The fury with which the Spanish government has attacked a handsome European nation is outrageous and is threatening us all", Mr Puigdemont said, adding that Catalonia's independence is "no longer an internal affair" of Spain.

Catalan parliamentary speaker Carme Forcadell and six members of the speaker's committee are also accused of "rebellion" and will be subject to questioning by the Spanish Supreme Court.

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The request also covers four other dismissed Catalan ministers who did not show up.

Mr Puigdemont and his government were sacked on Friday by Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy hours after passing a unilateral declaration of independence from Spain through the regional parliament.

Former ministers in the deposed Catalan government arrive at court.

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On Tuesday, AN Judge Carmen Lamela admitted the legal action by the Attorney General's Office of the State against the former Catalonian president and all the members of his cabinet for alleged crimes of rebelliousness, sedition and embezzlement. It was as yet unknown why their hearings were adjourned by the court, which deals with cases involving lawmakers.

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