>> Liberty condition.>> The lawyer for the sacked Catalan leader says he's been freed, a Belgian judge granting conditional release for Carles Puigdemont and four of his former Councillors, they'll appear in court in 15 days. Puigdemont turned himself in to police in Belgium on Sunday after Spain issued a European arrest warrant.
Madrid wants the man who has become the face of Catalonia's independence drive and his associates for rebellion and misuse of public funds. He's now barred from leaving Belgium without the judges consent. He traveled there more than a week ago. Puigdemont was the autonomous region's leader when it declared independence in late October.
Spain responded by dismissing him and his cabinet, ceasing direct control of the region and calling a snap election. Opinion polls have varied, the two on Sunday suggested pro-independents parties would together win the December vote and with a high turn out, but they could fall short of the majority that need to revive the session campaign.
Spain's crackdown could be boosting support.>>