Madrid's Direct Rule Over Catalan Gov't Must End

Lester Mason
May 17, 2018

He has vowed to build an independent Catalan republic by working under the leadership of former regional President Carles Puigdemont, who is in Germany fighting extradition to Spain. Other members of Puigdemont's administration have been imprisoned on charges of rebellion and misuse of public funds for having organized the independence referendum, which sparked the biggest constitutional crisis in Spain since the end of the Franco dictatorship in the 1970s.

Spain has suffered another blow in its attempt to extradite Catalan politicians as a Brussels court ruled on Wednesday against extraditing three former Catalan politicians.

The court backed the Belgian public prosecutor's case that the re-issued European warrants should have been backed up by new Spanish arrest warrants in order to be valid.

Torra, whose election ended a leadership vacuum of more than five months in Catalonia, said he also wants to visit the separatist leaders being held in Spanish jails over an outlawed independence referendum and illegal declaration of a separate Catalan state.

One of the conditions of the meeting, the head of the government of Spain considers that the consent of the new leader of Catalonia to observe the Constitution, which stipulates the independence of the region, reports AFP.

Mr Rajoy was responding to a call from Quim Torra, who was narrowly elected regional president on Monday, for dialogue over...

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