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Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Germany wants to extradite Catalonia's independence leader Carles Puigdemont

Carles Puigdemont
Ex-Catalan leader, Carles Puigdemont, one of the leaders of the region's secession movement wanted in Spain on rebellion charges, will most likely be extradited from Germany on lesser charges.

Prosecutors of the higher regional court in Schleswig-Holstein stated that they were preparing the necessary paperwork to allow the extradition of Puigdemont to Spain. He was released on bail on April 6 in Berlin while pending a decision.

The former president of Catalonia, and other separatist leaders, led the succession movement to assume direct control of the region and bypass Madrid, causing dissatisfaction with the central government.

In an earlier statement, the German court insisted that while he could not be extradited on charges of rebellion, he could be forced to return to Spain if he was accused of corruption and the misuse of public funds. A final decision has yet to be made.

Since he was detained in March on an international arrest warrant while crossing the German-Danish border, Puigdemont has been fighting extradition from Germany on various charges from rebellion to the misuse of public funds, all of which were related to the organization of a referendum on October 1st 2017 that led to a unilateral declaration of independence.

Earlier the German court had clarified that rebellion was not a criminal offense and the charges of high treason were unfounded due to the lack of evidence. On Tuesday the court stated that they came into possession of videos that could allegedly prove violence against Spanish police, which could be interpreted as treason and the violation of peace.

The Schleswig-Holstein state prosecutor is advancing his case for the extradition of Puigdemont. However, the state's top court ruled that he cannot yet be rearrested....
  RT
 22/5/18

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