Published: Tue, May 22, 2018
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

German prosecutors want to extradite former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont

German prosecutors want to extradite former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont

The German public Prosecutor's office in Schleswig Holstein has reaffirmed this Tuesday that he will be requesting delivery of Carles Puigdemont for crime of rebellion, following European arrest warrant for Spain, where Catalan former president is prosecuted for rebellion and Embezzlement of public funds. There, he entered prison of Neumünster where he spent twelve days before being released after payment of a bail of 75,000 euros. The state court in Schleswig disagreed and rejected the request.

Spain sacked the regional government following the declaration.

The regional court had previously refused to extradite Puigdemont on rebellion charges and was studying whether to hand him over to Spain to face trial over alleged misuse of public funds.

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Nevertheless, prosecutors in Schleswig-Holstein continue to push for his extradition, citing videos they say show violence against Spanish police. Spain had issued a European arrest warrant and sought his extradition on charges of rebellion and misuse of public funds - charges that stem from an unauthorized referendum a year ago on Catalonia's independence from Spain. The arrest warrant was renewed on March 23, after which the Catalan politician was detained in Germany as he was traveling back to Belgium by auto from Finland.

"The riots were on such a scale that the prosecutors think he can be extradited on the accusation of rebellion", prosecutors said in a statement.

"At the moment the prosecutors are preparing to declare that the extradition of the accused is permissible", they said. The court said it was unclear when the court would rule on the extradition itself.

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