Carles Puigdemont won a seat in the European parliament last weekend. The former regional president of Catalonia is in self-imposed exile in Brussels to avoid arrest in Spain over charges including rebellion and abuse of public office. This wasn't a hindrance to standing as a MEP however, and Puigdemont secured enough votes to be one of the two representatives to be sent to the European Parliament by Junts per Catalunya - Lliures per Europa.
Ex-regional minister in Catalonia, Toni Comín, also wanted in Spain, became the second representative. What happens next in the process of Puigdemont and Comín taking up their seats has been cause for debate this week. Although both are out of Spain and need to go to work in Brussels, experts said that they need to travel to Spain first to collect their MEP credentials. Doing so would mean arrest.
Oriol Junqueras of the Catalan ERC also won a MEP seat. He is currently in jail without bail while on trial in Madrid.