Puigdemont May Not Be Extradited on Rebellion Charge

Puigdemont May Not Be Extradited on Rebellion Charge

Puigdemont May Not Be Extradited on Rebellion Charge

The state court in Schleswig ruled on Thursday that there was no reason to believe Catalonia's former leader Carles Puigdemont risked persecution in Spain.

The German court rejected a request to extradite Puigdemont for treason, which is Germany's most comparable law to rebellion. He was trying to drive from Finland to Belgium, where has been living since fleeing to escape arrest in Spain.

The court has also ruled that Puigdemont can be released on bail of €75,000, pending the final decision.

Catalan parliament president Roger Torrent described Mr Puigdemont's conditional release as "very good news" on Twitter. He will not be allowed to leave Germany under the conditions of the bail and must register each move, the court said. While a flight risk exists, it is lessened by the unfeasibility of the rebellion charges.

Judges "believe that in regard to the allegation of rebellion, extradition is illegal" as Puigdemont was not personally involved in violent acts during a referendum on Catalan independence last October, making his actions not punishable under German law, they said in a statement.

"Truth to be told, we didn't expect it", she said.

The charge of rebellion can bring up to 25 years in prison in Spain.

In an indictment Thursday, Spanish National Court Judge Carmen Lamela says former Mossos d'Esquadra chief Josep Lluis Trapero was part of an organized plan to seek Catalonia's secession from Spain.

Trapero was hailed in Catalonia as a local hero for the handling of deadly extremist attacks in and near Barcelona last summer.

Spain's central government dismissed Trapero on October 28, a day after it imposed direct control on the region over its independence bid.

Nine other pro-independence figures are now in custody, including six members of Puigdemont's Catalan government and the former president of the Catalan parliament.

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