Published: Thu, April 05, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

German prosecutors seek extradition of Catalonia's Carles Puigdemont

German prosecutors seek extradition of Catalonia's Carles Puigdemont

GERMAN prosecutors have called for deposed Catalan president Carles Puigdemont to be extradited to Spain, where he is facing charges for his role in organising last October's independence referendum.

The former leader is being held at a detention center in Neumuenster following his arrest more than a week ago.

Prosecutors in the state of Schleswig-Holstein said Spain's extradition request was admissible because accusations of rebellion included carrying out an anti-constitutional referendum even though violent clashes could be expected.

Central to the execution of EAWs is whether the charges they contain have an equivalent under local law, and Schleswig prosecutors said the charge of rebellion had a German equivalent - high treason.

"Carles Puigdemont and his lawyers are confident there will be an independent and appropriate assessment by the regional high court to which they will present detailed objections to the extradition", his lawyer, Till Dunckel, said in a statement. Under EU extradition procedures the German judge will not consider the question of Mr Puigdemont's guilt, which is for a Spanish court to decide. Any extradition will also have to be approved by the German government, which can block it on political grounds.

Puigdemont's lawyer Jaume Alonso-Cuevillas said his client's fate now rested with the courts.

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, speaking during a visit to Algeria, said his country would respect the ruling by the German courts.

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In an interview from jail, published on Monday, Mr Puigdemont insisted the campaign for the Spanish region's independence was nonviolent. He also appealed against the charge of mis-use of public funds.

If the German court decides to approve his extradition, Mr Puigdemont has the right to appeal.

"If the two criteria are fulfilled - that an extradition does not immediately appear inadmissable and that there is reason for arrest - that is a danger of flight - then the conditions for an arrest warrant are met", she said.

The Spanish government is now trying 25 Catalan nationalist leaders who were involved in the October 2017 secessionist vote.

The ousted Catalan president was arrested last month in Germany as he crossed into the country by auto.

Madrid, however, says they violated the Spanish constitution when forging ahead with an internationally unrecognised vote on independence and are subject to prosecution under the law.

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