Who would have thought it!
Ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont has fled Spain and travelled to Brussels, Spanish government officials have said.
Mr Puigdemont is facing sedition charges from the Spanish government after Catalonia declared independence under his leadership.
The move comes after Belgium's asylum and migration affairs minister Theo Francken said the former president could seek asylum in the country.
Spain's prosecutor José Manuel Maza said on Monday morning that rebellion, sedition, and provocation charges would be levelled at the former leaders of the Catalan government, which has been suspended by the Spanish central government in Madrid.
In accordance with Spanish law a judge will not assess the charges.