Catalan independence leader Carles Puigdemont announced his release
The Sassari Court of Appeal (Sardinia, Italy), decided, on Friday, to release the former President of Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont., Who is the He was arrested Thursday in Alghero By order of the Spanish Supreme Court. The Catalans will be able to leave Italy His lawyer, Agustinangelo Maras, said Friday that he will have to appear before judges on October 4.
Upon his release from prison, the former Catalan president who avoided speaking to the press, He was greeted by a group of people who were waiting for him outside the prison, after which he got into a black truck.
Italian Court He did not ask for any kind of precautionary measure and his case will have to be taken to another court, which will examine the question of the extradition request submitted by Spain. In addition, the judge considered that his arrest, Thursday, at Alghero Airport, was carried out in accordance with the law.
Puigdemont, who electronically interfered with the hearing and who is weighing a European arrest and extradition order issued by the Supreme Court for sedition and embezzlement, He has already left the maximum security prison in Sassari where he was being held.
The Italian Ministry of Justice determined that He has no decision-making power Both in his arrest and in the possibility of his extradition to Spain, because he was ordered in euros and is therefore a different procedure from the extradition procedure.
“The Ministry of Justice determines that it has no decision-making role in proceedings relating to the European Arrest Warrant, such as that relating to the Carles Puigdemont case.. The procedure is entirely in the hands of the judiciary, whether to certify the arrest or to make the final decision on whether or not to extradite the detainee,” the statement said.
Puigdemont was arrested a few days after the Spanish government and the regional executive authority of Catalonia began in Barcelona A dialogue process to try to overcome the distant political positions that are maintained as a result of the Catalan separatist process, in the midst of an internal split in the pro-independence bloc.
This dialogue comes after years of quarrels And tension Because of separatist demands, which culminated in the fall 2017, after holding a Referendum declared unconstitutional On 1 October and the subsequent declaration of independence, it was approved by the Catalan Parliament on 27 October.
These events led to the temporary suspension of the Catalan Executive (generalities) and processing and subsequent Nine pro-independence leaders were jailed for between 9 and 13 years, who was recently pardoned, in addition to the then Catalan president’s trip, Puigdemont, and other members of the executive branch to evade the work of justice.
The arrival of the Socialists to the Spanish government, in alliance with the left-wing group “United We Can”, and Pere Aragon (ERC) to the Catalan Executive It was the beginning of the first contacts to reduce tension.
In addition, there is a circumstance that the ERC is one of the parliamentary groups that regularly supports the Spanish government in Congress, Where the government coalition deputies do not have a majority.
(With information from EFE)
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