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Spanish court drops extradition request for wanted Catalan politicians

Spanish court drops extradition request for wanted Catalan politicians

A lawyer for Catalan separatist and former education minister Clara Ponsati has called the decision to withdraw the arrest warrants "excellent news" but said the question now is whether Spain will allow Puigdemont to return to Catalonia.

Spain's Supreme Court dropped a European arrest warrant for former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont on Thursday after Germany refused to extradite him to face a charge of rebellion for declaring Catalonia independent a year ago.

Spanish arrest warrants for all six remain open, however, meaning they will be detained should they attempt to re-enter the country.

The European and global arrest warrants for five other separatist leaders who, alongside Puigdemont played a role in the vote, were also dropped.

Spanish authorities ordered Puigdemont's extradition due to his role over last year's unauthorized independence referendum in Catalonia and the regional parliament's subsequent declaration of independence from Spain.

A German court ruled earlier that Mr Puigdemont could not be extradited to face the Spanish charge of rebellion over Catalonia's push for independence.

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The Spanish charges of rebellion are not recognised in Germany and the German statute against treason does not apply because Puigdemont's actions "did not raise any kind of violence".

Mr Puigdemont's regional government held the vote past year in defiance of a Spanish court that had ruled it illegal. In his ruling, Judge Llarena criticised... But under European law, if that extradition were to go ahead, Spain could not then try him on the more serious charge of rebellion.

Several other top Puigdemont aides, including Oriol Junqueras, have been jailed in Spain pending trial.

In Spain, rebellion carries a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison, while misuse of public funds has a maximum sentence of 12 years.

Puigdemont fled to Belgium following the October 1 referendum in order to avoid arrest.

Quim Torra, a hardline Catalan nationalist, was sworn in in May to replace Puigdemont as president of the region.


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