Sch­leswig, Ger­many

The Week (US) - - News 9 -

Cata­lan sep­a­ratist freed: A Ger­man court has re­leased Cat­alo­nia’s for­mer sep­a­ratist leader Car­les Puigde­mont on bail and ruled he should not be ex­tra­dited to Spain on the charge of fo­ment­ing re­bel­lion. Puigde­mont fled Spain last Oc­to­ber af­ter Madrid is­sued a war­rant for his ar­rest for or­ga­niz­ing an il­le­gal ref­er­en­dum on whether the re­gion of Cat­alo­nia should se­cede. He was ar­rested in Ger­many last month on a Euro­pean war­rant while trav­el­ing from Fin­land to Bel­gium and held for 12 days. The court in Sch­leswig said a lesser charge of mis­us­ing funds to hold the ref­er­en­dum would also be thrown out un­less Spain could pro­vide more in­for­ma­tion to bol­ster its case. The rul­ings are “an as­tro­nomic slap in the face for the Span­ish state,” said An­toni Castellà, a pro-in­de­pen­dence Cata­lan politi­cian.


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