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Ex-leader of Catalonia Puigdemont detained on Danish-German border

German criminal code provides for crimes that are incriminated to Puigdemont in Spain, from 10 years of imprisonment to life imprisonment
16:05, 25 March 2018

Carles Puigdemont, Catalan leader
El Periodico

German police detained the former head of the Catalan government Carles Puigdemont after crossing the border with Denmark. This is reported by El Pais with reference to the lawyer of the politician.

Puigdemont was detained shortly after noon in the federal state of Schleswig-Holstein on the basis of the European arrest warrant issued by Spain. He traveled to Denmark by car and headed for Hamburg, from where he intended to go to Belgium.

Thus, the German criminal code provides for crimes that are incriminated to Puigdemont in Spain, from 10 years of imprisonment to life imprisonment.

According to the lawyer, the German police are now carrying out all the necessary checks within the framework of the European arrest warrant.

Earlier, Carles Puigdemont left the territory of Finland, thus avoiding arrest.

We recall that the Supreme Court of Spain issued a European arrest warrant for the former chairman of the Catalan government and four other politicians who left Spain.

Note that on October 1 in Catalonia, a referendum on independence was held. According to the results, 90.18% voted for independence with 43% turnout. The Spanish government did not recognize the de facto declaration of independence by Catalonia.

On October 27, the Catalan government voted to declare independence from Spain.

At the same time, the Senate of Spain voted for the introduction of Art. 155 of the Constitution of the country, according to which the self-government in Catalonia is suspended. On the same day, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy dismissed the parliament of Catalonia and announced new elections. After the report in the official newspaper of the Spanish government, the power in Catalonia passed to the government in Madrid.

After that, the former head of Catalonia Carles Puigdemont left for Belgium, along with five members of his government. The Belgian authorities said that Puigdemont could be on the territory of the country, like any citizen of a European country. Later, the suspended leader of Catalonia said that he would be in Belgium until the early elections to the Catalan parliament.

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