Published: Sun, April 08, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Spain will respect German ruling on Puigdemont

Spain will respect German ruling on Puigdemont

Former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont is urging Spanish authorities to allow jailed separatist activist Jordi Sanchez to be elected as new regional president of the wealthy northeastern region.

The German court in Schleswig on Thursday ruled that they will not extradite him on the basis of his rebellion charge, while pending the decision to extradite him on his embezzlement charge. "We are ready to listen", Puigdemont said in a news conference at Kreuzberg district in Berlin, a day after his release on bail on Friday.

Former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont said on Saturday that he will remain in Berlin while the legal case on his extradition is pending.

The Spanish Supreme Court is considering appealing to the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg on extradition procedures among EU member states.

Spain is seeking his extradition for rebellion and misuse of public funds in organizing an unauthorized referendum past year on Catalonia's independence from Spain.


Spanish authorities accuse Puigdemont of rebellion and misuse of public funds in organizing an unauthorized referendum previous year on Catalonia's independence from Spain.

Puigdemont was detained in Germany on a Spanish arrest warrant as he attempted to drive on March 25 from Finland to Belgium, where he now resides.

Germany's justice minister has applauded a court's decision to free former Catalonian leader Carles Puigdemont on bail, two weeks after his arrest in Germany.

"I am concerned that charges of rebellion for acts that do not involve violence or incitement to violence may interfere with rights of public protest and dissent", the Special Rapporteur said.

The decision follows Carles Puigdemont's release on bail in Germany after a state court's ruled against extraditing the former Catalan president to be judged for rebellion, a charge sought by the Spanish Supreme Court Judge Pablo Llarena.


Ms. Barley claimed that it was now up to Spain to prove that their additional prices against Mr. Puigdemont, which she said "won't even be more easy".

The Spanish government denies it is hounding Carles Puigdemont, after a German court chose to release the former Catalan leader on bail pending a decision on his possible extradition to Spain.

The German court decided the charge of rebellion did not warrant extradition, because the accusation isn't punishable under German law.

Spain is seeking Puigdemont's extradition for rebellion and misuse of public funds in organizing an unauthorized referendum previous year on Catalonia's independence from Spain.

Mr Puigdemont, who fled Spain five months ago for Belgium after his administration's declaration of independence from Spain led to Madrid taking direct control of the regional government, was arrested last month on a Spanish-issued warrant as he entered Germany.


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