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German court refers ultimate decision on Puigdemont extradition to higher court German court decides not to extradite former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont
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Corruption grounds rejected, but ex-premier of Catalonia still faces lesser charge of misuse of public funds  Ex-premier of Catalonia will likely not be extradited to Spain from Germany after rebellion and corruption charges are dismissed
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<strong>The latest court finding on the extradition to Spain of Carles Puigdemont, the former Catalan president is to refer it upstairs, to a senior state (Land) body. Catalan publication <em>El Nacional</em> reports that the higher court will decide by the end of June.</strong>  
  <strong>The German court of Schleswig-Holstein has suggested that there are<a href="https://www.ara.cat/en/German-rebellion-charges-against-Puigdemont_0_2019998080.html"> no grounds to accept</a> the extradition to Spain of Carles Puigdemont, the former Catalan president. (<em>Ara</em>)</strong>
Puigdemont was arrested in Germany during his journey to Belgium from a conference in Finland in late March, after Spain issued a European arrest warrant against him.  Puigdemont was arrested in Germany during his journey back from a conference in Finland in late March, after Spain issued a European arrest warrant against him.
Since then, the lower German court has twice rejected the rebellion charges against him that were brought by Spanish judiciary (<a href="https://www.ara.cat/en/German-rebellion-charges-against-Puigdemont_0_2019998080.html"><em>Ara</em>)</a>. The court also rejected the corruption charge, but referred the case to a higher authority. A third category submitted by Spain, of misusing public funds, has yet to be decided.  Since then, the German court has twice rejected the rebellion charges against him that were brought by Spanish judiciary (<a href="https://www.ara.cat/en/German-rebellion-charges-against-Puigdemont_0_2019998080.html"><em>Ara</em>)</a>. Now the court also rejected the corruption charge, the one that was pending and Puigdemont is free to leave the country.
Federal prosecutors said on June 1 they had applied to a higher regional court to have Carles Puigdemont extradited.  
In a statement, the Schleswig-Holstein court said that “there have been no significant changes, neither in the context of the indictment nor in the evidence provided, that advise a different recommendation” from the original position adopted by the same court on April 5. In a statement, the Schleswig-Holstein court said that “there have been no significant changes, neither in the context of the indictment nor in the evidence provided, that advise a different recommendation” from the original position adopted by the same court on April 5.
The court argued that the nearest German equivalent, high treason, <a href="http://www.dw.com/en/german-prosecutors-file-extradition-request-against-carles-puigdemont/a-44044023">was not applicable</a> as Puigdemont had not caused or instigated violence (<em>DW</em>). The court argued that the nearest German equivalent, high treason, <a href="http://www.dw.com/en/german-prosecutors-file-extradition-request-against-carles-puigdemont/a-44044023">was not applicable</a> as Puigdemont had not caused or instigated violence (<em>DW</em>).
However, the court <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-spain-politics-catalonia-germany/german-prosecutors-apply-for-extradition-of-former-catalan-leader-idUSKCN1IX4HI?il=0">said that extradition might be possible</a> on the lesser charge of misuse of public funds. However, the court <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-spain-politics-catalonia-germany/german-prosecutors-apply-for-extradition-of-former-catalan-leader-idUSKCN1IX4HI?il=0">said that extradition might be possible</a> on the lesser charge of misuse of public funds.
Puigdemont fled to Belgium in October 2017 to avoid charges after the Catalan parliament declared independence following a referendum deemed illegal by Madrid. Puigdemont fled to Belgium in October 2017 to avoid charges after the Catalan parliament declared independence following a referendum deemed illegal by Madrid.
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<p>This is the original para and key word seems to be suggested. <em><strong>German court of Schleswig-Holstein has suggested that there are<a href="https://www.ara.cat/en/German-rebellion-charges-against-Puigdemont_0_2019998080.html"> no grounds to accept</a> the extradition to Spain of Carles Puigdemont, the former Catalan president. (Ara) </strong></em></p>  

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