The German justice authorized Thursday the surrender to Madrid of the Catalan independence leader Carles Puigdemont for embezzlement but rejected the more serious ground of rebellion for which he is charged in Spain.
“Extradition on the charge of embezzlement of public funds is admissible, extradition on the charge of rebellion is not admissible”, said The Court of Schleswig-Holstein, adding that henceforth it is up to the Prosecutor to arrange for this surrender to the Spanish authorities and that “Carles Puigdemont remains free” in the meantime.
Pugdemont Will Fight to the End
The former Pro-independence President of Catalonia Carles Puigdemont assured that he would fight “to the end” to oppose his handover to the Spanish authorities for embezzlement but not rebellion, decided Thursday by a German court.
“We will fight to the end and win !”, wrote on Twitter the former regional President, prosecuted by the Spanish Supreme Court for his role in the aborted Declaration of independence of October 2017.
One of his lawyers, Jaume Alonso-Cuevillas, indicated that an appeal to the German Constitutional Court was in preparation.