German court says Carles Puigdemont extradition is permissable

Lester Mason
July 13, 2018

A German court chose to allow former Catalonian leader Carles Puigdemont's extradition to Spain for misuse of public funds.

A German court on Thursday removed a hurdle to the extradition of a prominent Catalan politician on charges of embezzlement, setting the stage for a possible trial in Spain but on lesser charges than prosecutors there had hoped for. "This would have been an argument available to Mr Puigdemont and other Catalan Ministers had they contested their extradition from England".

A German state prosecutor says it will decide soon an extradition charge after the court deemed such action was permissible. If extradited for misuse of funds, Puigdemont could not be tried for rebellion in Spain.

"The accusation of misuse of public funds is acceptable, extradition for rebellion is not acceptable", the German court stated in a press release.

"We have defeated the main lie given by the state".

He and a number of his former colleagues are facing charges for their role in the pro-independence drive, which reached its peak previous year with an illegal referendum on secession from Spain and the aforementioned declaration.

"The accusations against Puigdemont are not equivalent to a crime of high treason and the disturbance of public order under German law", the statement from the German court added.

"The amount of violence required for the charge of high treason was not seen in the altercations in Spain. German justice denies that the referendum on October 1 was rebellion", Puigdemont said in a Twitter post following the court ruling.

"Every minute spent by our colleagues in prison is a minute of shame and injustice". This was illegal under Spain's constitution, according to Spanish law. "We will fight until the end, and we will win!"

Catalonia's current separatist President Quim Torra, who is close to Puigdemont, tweeted that "once more the machinations and lies of a judicial case that never should have started have come to light". "We will win in Europe", Torra tweeted.

"Catalan political prisoners should be freed NOW", he said.

English version by Simon Hunter.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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