That's one week before the regional election in which Puigdemont is leading his pro-independence party's ticket as its presidential candidate.
"Llarena said he had been moved to act after becoming aware of a discrepancy between Belgian and Spanish law that would limit the charges under which the Catalans could be extradited and therefore be charged on their return."Sources in Brussels believe Puigdemont's lawyer was preparing to argue that the definitions in Belgian law for the crimes of sedition and rebellion are different to those on the Spanish statute books".
Madrid called the new elections after the independence declaration, while dismissing Catalonia's government and suspending the region's autonomy.
But Marta Rovira, Junqueras's deputy in his ERC party, said the decision was politically motivated.
Madrid hopes the elections will restore normality to the wealthy northeastern region, which declared independence in vain following the referendum.
Last month, Spain's central government issued the warrants for Puigdemont and four of his allies-Meritxell Serret, former agriculture minister; Antoni Comín, former health minister; Lluís Puig, former culture minister; and Clara Ponsatí, former education minister.
Separatist parties have repeatedly accused Madrid of taking "political prisoners" and "repression", and the decision to keep some Catalan leaders in jail is likely to magnify those claims.
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Political parties in Catalonia started campaigning Monday for the early regional election called by the Spanish government in hopes of quashing the region's independence movement and featuring candidates who are either in jail or living overseas to avoid detention.
Campaigning began on Tuesday, with polls predicting a close race between the pro and anti-independence camps.
The poll showed parties that back Spanish unity would capture 68-69 seats.
The ruling leaves Mr Puigdemont with no case to fight in Brussels, and puts the onus on him to return to Barcelona, where campaigning for this month's crunch election started today.
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy ordered regional elections taking place on December 21, "to restore democracy".
The highly polarized parliamentary election set for December 21 is shaping up as a plebiscite between Catalans who support secession and those who favor remaining in Spain.