Catalan former leader Puigdemont remains in Berlin on bail

Catalan former leader Puigdemont remains in Berlin on bail

Catalan former leader Puigdemont remains in Berlin on bail

Spain's Supreme Court reactivated worldwide arrest warrants last month for Puigdemont and four other Catalan politicians who went into self-imposed exile previous year.

On March 23, Spanish Supreme Court Judge Pablo Llarena initiated a European arrest warrant for 25 Catalan politicians, including Puigdemont, regarding the illegitimate Catalan independence referendum of 2017.

The deposed leader left a prison in the northern state of Schleswig-Holstein on Friday afternoon after posting €75,000 (£65,000) in bail.

He also called on the Spanish government to "respect democracy" and global treaties in its treatment of the region and its politicians.

Spain is seeking Puigdemont's extradition for rebellion and misuse of public funds in organising an unauthorised referendum previous year on Catalonia's independence from Spain.

Former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont has made a renewed call for Spanish authorities to open negotiations over the region's secession bid.

The German court in Schleswig on Thursday ruled that they will not extradite him on the basis of his rebellion charge, while pending the decision to extradite him on his embezzlement charge.

Puigdemont could still face extradition on the other charge of misuse of public funds.

Madrid also accuses Puigdemont of misuse of public funds.

Activists put up banners with the photos of jailed leaders of Catalan pro-independence movements before Catalonia's former leader Carles Puigdemont addresses a news conference in Berlin.

Torrent had earlier proposed Sanchez but the first attempt failed last month when a Spanish judge refused to release Sanchez from custody to attend the vote in the Barcelona-based chamber.

The German court decided the charge of rebellion did not warrant extradition, because the accusation isn't punishable under German law.

The separatist majority in Catalonia's regional parliament had wanted to elect Puigdemont as Catalan president, but he fled to Belgium to escape arrest in Spain on rebellion charges for his role in the region's push last October to break away from Spain.

Two more members of the regional police and an official with the regional interior department were also indicted.

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