Published: Fri, April 06, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

German court rejects extradition of Puigdemont on rebellion charge

German court rejects extradition of Puigdemont on rebellion charge

But he must remain in Germany while extradition proceedings continue and report to police once a week.

A German court has agreed to release former Catalan President Carles Puigdemont on bail.

The Spanish government said on Thursday night that it respected the court's ruling on Mr Puigdemont's extradition.

Authorities will separately rule whether he can be extradited on the lesser charge.

"The actions for which the subject is being prosecuted would not be criminal under German law", the court spokeswoman said.

Mr Puigdemont was detained on a European arrest warrant shortly after entering Germany on March 25.

But meanwhile, Puigdemont can leave custody if he fulfils court-imposed conditions including a payment of 75,000 euros ($92,000).

The court said Thursday that Puigdemont can't be extradited on the main charge Spain is leveling against him, that of rebellion, because the comparable German charge of treason specifies "violence".

The Spanish Supreme Court is seeking his arrest on charges of rebellion and embezzlement of public funds linked to Catalonia's October 1 referendum on whether to secede.

Ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont in January.

Sanchez said in a letter from a Madrid jail published Thursday that he was ready to try again to be elected.

A Spanish judge yesterday formally charged the former chief of Catalonia's regional police force with sedition over his alleged role in the wealthy region's independence push.

The judge also slapped sedition charges on two other top officials with the regional police force, as well as an official with the Catalan interior ministry.

The judge concluded [press release, in Spanish] that Trapero facilitated the execution of the referendum by instructing the force to disregard orders from the Spain's national government to block the vote.

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