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German court asked to extradite Puigdemont to Spain on rebellion charge

German prosecutors have requested that the former Catalan leader be extradited back to Spain.

GERMANY-SPAIN-CATALONIA-POLITICS-JUSTICE A banner attached to a fence outside Neumuenster, the German prison where Puigdemont is being held. Source: AFP/Getty Images

GERMAN PROSECUTORS SAID that they have requested a court’s permission to extradite Catalonia’s ousted president Carles Puigdemont on a rebellion charge following his arrest last month.

The request comes after protests by independence supporters at the weekend in Berlin and Catalonia calling for Puigdemont’s immediate release.

“The prosecutor’s office of Schleswig-Holstein state applied for an extradition arrest warrant against former Catalonian regional president Carles Puigdemont from the superior regional court,” it said in a statement.

It was not immediately clear when the court would rule on Puigdemont’s possible extradition.

SWITZERLAND-SPAIN-CATALONIA-POLITICS-RIGHTS Source: AFP/Getty Images

Puigdemont was arrested by German police on 25 March as he was travelling from Finland back to Belgium, where he has been living in self-imposed exile since Catalonia’s failed independence bid last October.

The detention came two days after a Spanish judge issued European arrest warrants for Puigdemont and other fugitive separatist leaders.

They have been ordered to stand trial for rebellion, misuse of public funds and disobeying the state for organising last year’s referendum on Catalan independence, which Madrid deemed illegal.

Puigdemont’s arrest has sent tensions soaring at home, triggering a wave of protests in the wealthy northeastern Spanish region.

German judges have ordered Puigdemont to remain in custody in the northern town of Neumuenster as they mull Spain’s request for him to be handed over.

Police Holds Carles Puigdemont In Custody in Northern Germany A police vehicle believed to contain the Spanish separatist leader Carles Puigdemont leaves the city court on 26 March. Source: Ole Jensen - Corbis

They have 60 days to make a decision.

German media say the request has been complicated by the fact that rebellion, which carries a maximum penalty of 30 years in jail in Spain, is not a crime under German law.

However the prosecutor’s office argued in its statement that the rebellion charge “contains in essence the accusation of calling an unconstitutional referendum despite violent riots that could be expected” matching the German charge of “treason”.

“Word-for-word conformance between the German and Spanish criminal codes is thus not legally required,” it said.

© – AFP, 2018

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