Publicado: Lun, Abril 09, 2018
Ciencia | Por Aurelio Ontiveros

Ex-Catalonia Chief, Free D By German Jail, Demands Talks With Spain

Ex-Catalonia Chief, Free D By German Jail, Demands Talks With Spain

Supporters of former Catalonian president Carles Puigdemont - a key advocate for the region's independence from Spain - lined up in the German capital Saturday amid a throng of journalists awaiting a statement from the recently incarcerated leader.

"I ask for the immediate release of all my colleagues who continue to be held in Spanish prisons".

He also sent a defiant message to Spanish authorities.

"Now, seeing the fall of that response, it's time to do politics", Puigdemont added.

"I think that will highlight some of the breaches of the Spanish Government in terms of European Union treaties and possibly the human rights of those they've incarcerated as political prisoners".

According to Deutsche Presse Agentur, Puigdemont can now move freely on German soil, but he must report to police once a week and inform prosecutors of any change in residence. But a spokeswoman for the Schleswig court, Frauke Holmer, noted that "each case is different". That is expected to take at least several days.

The former leader left a German prison in Neumuenster on bail Friday, nearly two weeks after his arrest, after the Schwesig state court in Germany decided the charge of rebellion did not warrant extradition because the accusation isn't punishable under German law.

Following a referendum last October deemed void and unconstitutional by the Constitutional Court, Spanish authorities arrested then-members of the Catalan Government and leaders of civil society organisations and charged them with rebellion, among other charges.

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The Spanish Public Prosecutor's Office also said it's mulling to seek action in the ECJ to "protect and defend the European judicial order" regarding arrest warrants within the bloc.

Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy says his government respects the decision of a German court to refuse to extradite the fugitive former leader of Catalonia on rebellion charges. "We can not implement the will of the people because the Spanish government hinders us".

But in a blow to the Spanish probe, a northern German state court ruled Thursday that the lack of violence in the Catalan independence bid meant that Puigdemont can't be punished for rebellion under German law.

Madrid accuses Puigdemont of rebellion and misuse of public funds in organizing an unauthorized referendum previous year on Catalonia's independence from Spain.

Speaking exclusively to The National, Monaghan said the Spanish Government had badly managed the issue of Catalan independence.

At the same time he insisted he would not give in to Spanish efforts to silence him, and called for the release of fellow Catalan independence campaigners.

The rebellion charges the leaders are facing have a maximum sentence of 30 years imprisonment.

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