Ex-Catalan leader pens open letter from prison

Katrina Barker
April 6, 2018

It ordered the release of former Catalan leader on bail at €75,000 ($91,786).

He was arrested after entering Germany on his way back from Finland to Belgium, where he had been living in self-imposed exile after fleeing Spain five months ago.

"I have always said that I had full confidence in German justice", Puigdemont's lawyer Jaume Alonso-Cuevillas said on Twitter.

"The court must now decide if extradition for embezzlement is a possibility", said spokeswoman Frauke Holmer.

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

In a heavy blow to the Spanish government, the court in northern Germany ruled that the main charge of rebellion against Puigdemont could not be used as grounds for extradition, since the comparable German charge of treason specifies violence.

"That is not the case here", the court said in a statement.

Spain has accused the Catalan separatist of rebellion and corruption after he organised an unsanctioned independence referendum.

Puigdemont has written an open letter from prison, urging Catalonia's parliament to make another attempt to elect jailed separatist activist Jordi Sànchez as the region's president.

The former chief of Catalonia's regional police and other regional security officials have been charged with sedition over their role in events leading previous year to a banned independence referendum.

Trapero was hailed in Catalonia as a local hero for the handling of deadly extremist attacks in and near Barcelona last summer. Two other members of the regional police and an official with the regional interior department were also indicted Thursday.

The Spanish government's quelling of the October 1 independence referendum drew global condemnation and outrage, with footage of national police officers and members of the Civil Guardia seizing ballot boxes and violently dispersing voters going viral on social media.

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