Royal Belgian prosecutors have agreed to extradite and hand over the ex-President of the Catalan government Carles Puigdemont to Spain.

However, the final hearing on the recently issued warrant has been postponed and will take place on 16 December, 2019.

In this Feb. 18, 2019 file photo, Catalonia's former regional president. Carles Puigdemont, addresses a conference in Brussels. A political group that wants Catalonia to break away from Spain and become an independent country said on Sunday, March 10, 2019, that Puigdemont is running for a seat in the European Parliament even though the Spanish government considers him a fugitive. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco, File)

The politician is now living in self-imposed exile in Brussels, as he had to leave Spain shortly after the Catalan independence referendum that was held in October 2017.

The Royal backed regime in Madrid called the vote illegal and dissolved the Catalan parliament in response, imposing direct rule over the region.

Earlier this month, mass freedom rallies rocked Spain on the second anniversary of the failed Catalan bid for independence, resulting in violent clashes and hundreds of people being injured along with around 200 detained.

Sputnik / ABC Flash Point News 2019.

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