Catalonia’s Puigdemont Hopes to Return to Belgium

Carles Puigdemont addresses in the Catalan Parliament in a very tensed environment and declared a symbolic independence immediately suspended for talks. Photo: Carles Puigdemont's Facebook Page
Carles Puigdemont addresses in the Catalan Parliament in a very tensed environment and declared a symbolic independence immediately suspended for talks. Photo: Carles Puigdemont's Facebook Page

Carles Puigdemont, former Catalan President, said he would remain in Berlin until the German court decides whether to extradite him to Spain.

The German court is considering if Puigdemont is to extradite him to Spain on a “charge of misuse of public funds.”

This ousted Catalan leader, however, hopes to return to Belgium. He had been ousted and charged with rebellion in the last year.

Catalonia declared independence following a controversial referendum under his leadership in 2017. Spain rejected the Catalan move and triggered Article 155 of the Spanish constitution.

As a result, Catalonia lost the status of autonomy and Spain imposed direct rule over the region sparking further unrest.

Spain arrested many of the separatist Catalan leaders including the former vice president Oriol Junqueras after triggering Article 155 in the region.

Puigdemont escaped imprisonment after a self-imposed exile in Belgium following the declaration of independence.

Mr. Puigdemont, however, was arrested last month in Germany after Spain issued an international warrant against him.

Spain’s court reactivated international arrest warrant against him and four other Catalan leaders in self-imposed exile.

The German court released Mr. Puigdemont on Friday and he left German jail.

He told the reporters in Berlin “My plan is to remain of course in Berlin. It is my residence now until the end of this process.”

“My wish is to return to Belgium. But only after the end of the proceedings here in Germany, not before,” he told the reporters in Berlin.

This ousted Catalan leader faces serious charges in Spain including charges of rebellion for his role in the Catalan campaign for independence which could result in a decades-long imprisonment in Spain.

The Spanish government said they respect the German court ruling but the Supreme court of the country is planning to consult with the European Court of Justice on the ruling.


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