Catalan separatist anticipated to be freed till extradition ruling
BARCELONA: A court docket in Sardinia was anticipated on Friday (Sep 24) to launch former Catalan separatist chief Carles Puigdemont from custody however order him to stay on the Italian island following his arrest there on sedition prices.
Spain demanded Puigdemont’s extradition however Catalonia’s regional chief criticised the federal government, saying the arrest on Thursday was a blow to makes an attempt at reconciliation between Madrid and the rich area on the Mediterranean coast.
Puigdemont was Catalonia’s chief on the time of a vote on independence from Spain in 2017 which courts stated was unlawful and triggered Spain’s worst political disaster in many years.
Some Italian and Spanish media stated a court docket within the Sardinian metropolis of Sassari had already ordered Puigdemont’s launch from custody and ordered him to remain on the island to await a call on whether or not he needs to be extradited.
Agostinangelo Marras, a lawyer for Puigdemont in Sardinia, advised Reuters the court docket had but to take a call though the state prosecutor stated there was no purpose to maintain him locked up.
“What is clear is that Carles Puigdemont should undergo (the motion of) justice,” Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez stated.
Sanchez stated dialogue was one of the best ways to hunt reconciliation, every week after relaunched talks with Catalonia’s separatist authorities geared toward fostering reconciliation with the northeastern area.
Catalonia’s regional chief, Pere Aragones, stated the arrest sophisticated that dialogue.
“Yesterday’s occasions clearly present that the Spanish state has not acted in good religion with European justice and don’t assist to resolve the battle,” he advised reporters.
Police cordoned off a significant avenue within the Catalan capital Barcelona after a couple of hundred protesters gathered in entrance of the Italian consulate, waving Catalan separatist flags and chanting “Puigdemont is our president” and “Free Puigdemont.”
Puigdemont, 58, has been dwelling in self-imposed exile in Belgium since late 2017 after Spain accused him of serving to to organise the independence referendum.
He has served as a member of the European Parliament since 2019, however was detained by Italian border police at Alghero airport as he arrived in Sardinia from Brussels to attend a cultural occasion.
The European Parliament stripped him of immunity in March.
If extradited, Puigdemont is prone to face the identical Supreme Court docket trial that sentenced 9 Catalan separatist leaders to prolonged jail phrases in 2019 for his or her position within the 2017 try to interrupt away from Spain.
The Spanish authorities pardoned them in June however stated Puigdemont nonetheless needed to face justice in Spain.
Puigdemont was topic to a European arrest warrant issued by Spain however his chief lawyer, Gonzalo Boye, advised reporters in Brussels that there have been no grounds to detain him.
Italy’s Justice Ministry stated it has no decision-making position within the European arrest warrant process.