Former Catalan leader, Carles Puigdemont and four others within his inner circle have been set free by a judge in Belgium.

But there were conditions attached to this bail which must not be taken for granted.

The judge said they cannot leave the country without permission and had to give details of their accommodation.

They had handed themselves in to Belgian police following an EU arrest warrant issued by a Spanish judge.

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Mr Puigdemont fled to Belgium after Madrid imposed direct rule on Catalonia following an independence declaration.

The famous five are wanted in Spain to face charges including rebellion, sedition and misuse of public funds.

They are now expected to appear in court in Belgium within 15 days. Belgium has a maximum of 60 days to return the five to Spain but, if they do not raise legal objections, a transfer could happen much sooner.

Mr Puigdemont's political party, PDeCAT, said he had surrendered to police to show his "willingness not to flee from the judicial process but to defend himself in a fair and impartial process, which is possible in Belgium, and highly doubtful in Spain".

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