Published: Sun, April 08, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

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

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

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy of all Spain, speaking in the southern Spanish town of Seville, said that his government governs the decision by the church.

The official, who spoke under customary anonymity, said "Spanish justice will adopt the appropriate measures in the face of these new circumstances".

Former Catalan President Carles Puigdemont will return to self-imposed exile in Belgium should judges decide he not be extradited to Spain, he told reporters a day after being released from a German jail.

"I am concerned that charges of rebellion for acts that do not involve violence or incitement to violence may interfere with rights of public protest and dissent", the Special Rapporteur said. He had been there since March 25, when he was arrested crossing the border from Denmark.

Spain is seeking his extradition for rebellion and misuse of public funds in organizing an unauthorized referendum previous year on Catalonia's independence from Spain.

A German court has ruled that former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont can be released on bail pending a decision on his possible extradition to Spain.

The Schleswig prosecutor's office said Friday that Puigdemont also provided authorities with an address in Germany where he will reside pending a decision in his extradition case. Madrid has also accused Puigdemont of misusing public money.

Torrent had earlier proposed Sanchez but the first attempt failed last month when a Spanish judge refused to release Sanchez from custody to attend the vote in the Barcelona-based chamber.

Puigdemont was arrested by German police March 25 as he entered the country from Denmark en route to Belgium, where he's been based since making an illegal declaration of independence from Spain a year ago.

The state court in Schleswig ruled Thursday that Puigdemont can't be extradited for rebellion because the equivalent German law presumes the use or threat of force sufficient to bend the will of authorities.

Sanchez said in a letter from a Madrid jail published Thursday that he was ready to try again to be elected.

Sanchez, a prominent secessionist, has been in a Madrid prison along with other separatist leaders since October.

Rajoy says on Saturday that his government upholds and abides by court rulings in Spain and elsewhere.

The former chief of Catalonia's regional police and other regional security officials have been charged with sedition over their role in events leading past year to a banned independence referendum.

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