German court orders Catalan separatist Puigdemont held in custody

Kelvin Reese
March 27, 2018

A German court on Monday extended the remand of Spain's former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont, local media DW reported.

In denying him bail, the court said Mr Puigdemont posed a flight risk, concluding that he had "a strong incentive" to try to travel to Belgium where his potentially has a greater chance of avoiding extradition.

Puigdemont's lawyer, Alfono Cuevillas, confirmed his client was "in a police station and his legal defense has already been activated", adding he was being treated "correctly at all times".

The Spanish government-led declaration to impose direct rule over Catalonia included the Spanish court's dissolution and dismissal of the Catalonian parliament and called for a new regional election in December. No decision is likely this week, said a spokeswoman for northern German prosecutors, noting that Friday is a holiday in Germany and that much of the country is preparing for festivities related to the Christian holiday of Easter on Sunday.

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In the meantime, Puigdemont was free to make trips to Denmark, Switzerland and Finland, in an effort to gain global support for the secessionist movement.

The Spanish Supreme Court on Friday issued fresh arrest warrants against Puigdemont and some other individuals behind the independence bid. Spain has also issued five warrants for other separatists who fled the country.

Schleswig-Holstein's state interior minister, Hans-Joachim Grote, told NDR television that four other people who were in the vehicle with Puigdemont were taken to a police station and then released. It wasn't immediately clear why Puigdemont wasn't arrested earlier in his road trip from Finland to Belgium. He didn't identify them. What we have in Catalonia and Spain is clearly a democratic crisis.

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