Former Catalan local president Carles Puigdemont has actually been apprehended on the Italian island of Sardinia.
His attorney Gonzalo Boye verified the arrest on Twitter late Thursday, and his Belgian attorney likewise verified to dpa in Brussels that Puigdemont had actually been apprehended by Italian authorities in Sardinia.
There was no preliminary verification from the Italian side.
The arrest was under the European warrant provided by Spain’s Supreme Court targeting the Catalan separatist leader, who has actually been residing in Belgium, La Vanguardia paper reported, mentioning judicial sources in Madrid.
Puigdemont is now awaiting a very first hearing in a court in the Italian city ofSassari His attorney Agostinangelo Marras, stated on Friday, according to the ANSA news firm, that a date had actually not yet been set.
Marras stated the Sassari Court of Appeal might still hear his customer on Friday or as late as Saturday, and clarify how to continue. Both sides were still awaiting main files.
The Spanish federal government has actually responded meticulously to the arrest. Puigdemont should “submit to justice like any other citizen,” the federal government stated on Friday.
Spain implicates Pigdemont of criminal offenses consisting of sedition connected to the October 1, 2017, Catalan referendum and a subsequent choice to separate from Spain.
Afterwards, Catalonia was positioned under administration by Spain’s main federal government. The referendum was ruled unlawful and charges were submitted versus the organizers.
Puigdemont averted the grasp of the Spanish judiciary by concealing in an SUV and getting away to France to reach Belgium.
Dialogue in between Spain’s main federal government in Madrid and the separatist local federal government in Barcelona on the years-long crisis has actually just just recently resumed. The arrest is most likely to make the talks harder.
Spain’s conservative opposition invited the news of the arrest. “Puigdemont must now face trial in Spain for disrespecting the constitution. And [Prime Minister Pedro] Sanchez must commit not to grant a pardon,” the leader of the Popular Party, Pablo Casado, composed.
He was describing the pardon approved in June to Catalan separatists sentenced to long jail terms.
Puigdemont is a dominant force in the separatist camp, which does not see any opportunity of a worked out option and wishes to press ahead with local self-reliance– even if it deals with resistance from the rest of Spain.
His JuntsxCat celebration is the junior partner in the Barcelona union headed by the left-wing, more moderate separatist Republican Left of Catalonia (ERC) celebration.
The ERC’s Pere Aragones, the present Catalan president, recently resumed talks with Sanchez.
Both sides got criticism for the relocation: Aragones from the separatists and Sanchez from the nationwide conservative opposition.
Puigdemont had actually taken a trip to Sardinia for a conference with independent regional political leaders on Friday, according to the La Vanguardia report.
As a Member of the European Parliament, Puigdemont is technically entitled to resistance. However, the European Parliament raised his resistance and the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in Luxembourg declined an ask for interim legal defense. A choice on the case is anticipated quickly.
Puigdemont’s Belgian attorney Simon Bekaert stated the group was preparing an immediate application to the ECJ to bring back parliamentary resistance that would be sent if Italian authorities do not launch Puigdemont rapidly or start an extradition to Spain.
The court had actually made it clear in its newest choice that Puigdemont ought to not be apprehended or extradited till the legal conflict over resistance is lastly dealt with, Bekaert stated.
Spain’s judiciary has actually been pursuing Puigdemont given that he left after the 2017 referendum. He was jailed in Germany in 2018 however he was not extradited as the Schleswig Higher Regional Court accepted just extradite him on charges of misusing public funds.
Spain would not have actually had the ability to charge him with sedition in this case and chose to withdraw its European arrest warrant.