German court decides not to extradite former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont

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The German court of Schleswig-Holstein has suggested that there are no grounds to accept the extradition to Spain of Carles Puigdemont, the former Catalan president. (Ara)

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 German court has twice rejected the rebellion charges against him that were brought by Spanish judiciary (Ara). Now the court also rejected the corruption charge, the one that was pending and Puigdemont is free to leave the country.

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, was not applicable as Puigdemont had not caused or instigated violence (DW).

However, the court said that extradition might be possible 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.

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