German court rejects extradition of Puigdemont on rebellion charge

German court rejects extradition of Puigdemont on rebellion charge

German court rejects extradition of Puigdemont on rebellion charge

05 de abril de 2018, 16:44Berlin, Apr 5 (Prensa Latina) The High Administrative Court of Schleswig-Holstein, in northern Germany, granted today bail to former President of the Generalitat of Catalonia Carles Puigdemont.

"There is a risk of flight", the court said in its explanation of its decision to grant bail.

Puigdemont was arrested on entering Germany last month on a Spanish-issued warrant. He has been ordered to stay in Germany while extradition proceedings continue.

"The actions for which the subject is being prosecuted would not be criminal under German law", the court spokeswoman said.

The Catalan separatist leader could still be extradited on a charge of misusing public funds, the judges added, although "further facts must be clarified and information gathered" in the coming days and weeks.

In Brussels, three fugitive allies of Puigdemont were held briefly Thursday before being conditionally released by Belgian judicial authorities to await a decision on whether they should be extradited to Spain.

The court has been considering what to do about a Spanish extradition request for Mr Puigdemont for more than a week.

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Puigdemont's lawyers have appealed in Spain against the "rebellion" charge, highlighting that he was not involved in violence.

Lamela said Trapero and the three others carried out a "premeditated strategy that was perfectly coordinated" to help achieve secession during the lead-up to a banned independence referendum in Catalonia on October 1 and the day of the vote itself.

Sanchez said in a letter from a Madrid jail published Thursday that he was ready to try again to be elected.

"That is not the case here", the court said in a statement.

The charge of rebellion can bring up to 25 years in prison in Spain.

A Spanish judge yesterday formally charged the former chief of Catalonia's regional police force with sedition over his alleged role in the wealthy region's independence push.

He then came under pressure when central authorities urged the regional police to stop the October 1 referendum banned by Spanish courts.

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