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German court bails Carles Puigdemont as extradition for corruption considered

06 April 2018, 02:06 | Damon Campbell

Former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont | Emmanuel Dunand AFP via Getty Images

Former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont | Emmanuel Dunand  AFP via Getty Images

The court said Thursday that Puigdemont can't be extradited on the main charge Spain is leveling against him, that of rebellion, because the comparable German charge of treason specifies "violence".

It set bail at €75,000 ($92,000) pending a decision on his possible extradition to Spain.

Spain's Supreme Court reactivated worldwide arrest warrants last month for Puigdemont and four other Catalan politicians who went into self-imposed exile previous year.

The Spanish government said on Thursday night that it respected the court's ruling on Mr Puigdemont's extradition.

Spain issued a European Arrest Warrant for Puigdemont in March, shortly before his arrest in Germany. It wasn't immediately clear when Puigdemont would be released.

Puigdemont can leave prison as soon as he posts the bail, a court spokeswoman said on Thursday. "It means that if he is extradited for other things, that he can never be prosecuted for rebellion in Spain", Puigdemont's Belgian defense lawyer, Paul Bekaert, said.

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Spanish national court judge Carmen Pamela said the regional police force "shared a common goal of bringing about Catalonia's secession and the proclamation of a republic, and in this manner changing the political organization of the state and the government, contrary to the Constitution and the statute of autonomy".

However, the court in the northern city of Schleswig said there could be a case to answer for misusing public funds last October to hold an unauthorised independence referendum.

Puigdemont has written an open letter from prison, urging Catalonia's parliament to make another attempt to elect jailed separatist activist Jordi Sànchez as the region's president.

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

Two more members of the regional police and an official with the regional interior department were also indicted.



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