German court says Carles Puigdemont extradition is permissable

Carles Puigdemont was living in self-imposed exile in Belgium following the failed independence bid until his arrest in Germany in March

A court in the northern German state of Schleswig Holstein has decided today to extradite former Catalan premier Carles Puigdemont to Spain.

"Extradition on the accusation of misappropriation of public funds is permissible; extradition on the accusation of rebellion is not permissible", the superior regional court of Schleswig-Holstein state said in a statement.

Catalonia's deposed leader Carles Puigdemont said on Thursday he and other separatists would "fight until the end" after a German court made a decision to allow his extradition, but not on the severe charge of rebellion demanded by a Spanish judge.

A German court has authorised the extradition to Spain of former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont.

Also present was St Andrews professor Clara Ponsati, who is fighting extradition on charges of "violent rebellion" after helping organise last year's Catalan referendum.

The court has not chose to impose any precautionary measures on Puigdemont, meaning that he remains a free man.

He therefore can not be extradited on a "rebellion" charge and, if he is returned to Spain, Spanish authorities can not prosecute Puigdemont based on that accusation.

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

The former Catalan president fled Spain for Belgium in October after his administration's declaration of independence from Spain led to the central government in Madrid taking direct control of the regional government.

"The amount of violence required for the charge of high treason was not seen in the altercations in Spain". Every minute that our colleagues spend in jail is a minute of shame and injustice. The laws of most countries do not criminalise rebellion, with the result that there is no "dual criminality" between Spain and Germany. "We will fight to the end, and we will win!", Puigdemont said, referring to other pro-independence Catalan leaders in detention.

He was arrested in germany on March 28, with the spanish government accusing him of of rebelling and misappropriating public funds.

"This demonstrates once again the mistakes and lies behind a legal case which should never have been opened. We will win in Europe", Torra tweeted.

This week saw Pablo Llarena, the High Court judge in charge of the cases against the pro-independence figures, wind up the investigative phase of the probe. Before he closed this part of the proceedings, he ordered Puigdemont, Oriol Junqueras, and the four other politicians who are being held in pre-trial custody (Raül Romeva, Jordi Turull, Josep Rull and Jordi Sànchez) to be suspended from their roles as deputies in the Catalan parliament.

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