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Former head of Catalonia Puigdemont released

Source : 112 Ukraine

Madrid wants the ex-head of the Catalan administration, Carles Puigdemont, to stand trial in Spain on charges of inciting mutiny and embezzlement of public funds
20:31, 25 September 2021

Carles Puigdemont, Catalan leader
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The former president of the Catalan state government, Carles Puigdemont, was freed from detention by a Sardinian judge. However, he must remain on the island for the duration of his legal process there, DW reports.

Puigdemont was arrested in Sardinia on Thursday and his lawyers appealed the arrest in front of a court right away.

Lawyer Agostinangelo Marras told reporters in Sassari, Sardinia that prosecutors had not asked for him to be detained and "he could be released from today."

The Italian Ministry of Justice said on Friday that it had no influence in Puigdemont's legal proceeding or the question of whether he should be extradited to Spain.

"The Ministry of Justice clarifies that it has no decision-making power when it comes to an European arrest warrant, as is now the case with Carles Puigdemont," the ministry in Rome said, adding that the case rests solely with the competent court.

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Puigdemont went to Sardinia to attend a Catalan cultural event.

Sardinia has strong Catalan cultural roots and its own independence movement. Puigdemont was also scheduled to meet with Sardinian independence sympathizers during his visit.

The Spanish government reacted to Puigdemont's arrest on Thursday by expressing "its respect for the decisions of the Italian authorities and courts."

"The arrest of Mr Puigdemont corresponds to an ongoing judicial procedure that applies to any EU citizen who has to answer to the courts," the Spanish government said in a statement.

"What is obvious is that Carles Puigdemont must submit to the act of justice," Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said.

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