Published: Sun, April 08, 2018
Industry | By Dora Warner

Puigdemont urges Spain to open negotiations over Catalonia

Puigdemont urges Spain to open negotiations over Catalonia

The Schleswig prosecutors office said Friday that Puigdemont also provided authorities with an address in Germany where he will reside pending a decision in his extradition case.

Puigdemont was detained in Germany on a Spanish arrest warrant as he attempted to drive on March 25 from Finland to Belgium, where he now resides.

Misuse of public funds carries a sentence of around eight years at Spain, while a rebellion sentence can hit 30 years.

A court official in Germany says that former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont's release from prison is conditioned on his remaining in Germany while extradition proceedings continue and reporting to police once a week.

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A German court ruled Thursday that extradition was not permissible on the basis of the rebellion charge, because the comparable German charge of treason stipulates that the defendant must have committed violence.

A German court is deciding whether Puigdemont should be extradited on the lesser charge of misuse of public funds to hold a banned referendum on independence for Catalonia past year.

The court in the northern state of Schleswig-Holstein on Thursday set his bail at 75,000 euros (£65,000; $90,000).

The official, who spoke under customary anonymity, said "Spanish justice will adopt the appropriate measures in the face of these new circumstances".

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He repeated a call for dialogue with the Spanish state and asked the authorities to respect the results of last December's regional elections - which saw the Catalan separatists win a slim majority.

Sanchez, a prominent secessionist, has been in a Madrid prison along with other separatist leaders since October. It displayed images of Jordi Sanchez and Jordi Cuixart, two other Catalan independence leaders who were jailed in Spain a year ago amid efforts to create a Catalonian nation.

A jailed Catalan pro-independence activist was on Saturday proposed as the new regional president for a second time despite a failed first attempt.

. Several ministers of the former Catalan government were arrested, while Puigdemont fled to Belgium to avoid arrest.

Trapero was hailed in Catalonia as a local hero for the handling of deadly extremist attacks in and near Barcelona last summer.

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