Ger­many frees Cata­lan ex-pres­i­dent

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4 For­mer Cata­lan pres­i­dent Car­les Puigde­mont called for di­a­logue with the Span­ish gov­ern­ment as he left a Ger­man prison on bail.

The Sch­leswigHol­stein dis­trict court re­jected an ex­tra­di­tion re­quest on a charge of re­bel­lion for Puigde­mont’s role in the cam­paign for Cat­alo­nia’s in­de­pen­dence from Spain, but said ex­tra­di­tion was pos­si­ble on a lesser charge of mis­use of pub­lic funds.

Leav­ing prison, he called on Madrid to aban­don at­tempts to pros­e­cute sep­a­ratist lead­ers and urged it to en­ter talks. Puigde­mont’s re­lease was met with peo­ple cheer­ing and wav­ing Cata­lan flags.

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