13 July 2018

The German courts refuse to extradite Puigdemont


Schleswig-Holstein Supreme Court definitively denies the possibility of extraditing Carles Puigdemont to Spain for a crime of rebellion or sedition, as requested by the German Prosecutor’s Office. The court considers that the facts for which extradition is requested do not meet the requirement of violence for the ‘equivalent’ crimes of the German criminal code (high treason and public disturbance). The court does consider extradition admissible for a crime of embezzlement. Given the decision of the German court, Supreme Court judge Pablo Llarena chooses to withdraw the European Arrest Warrant against Puigdemont and all other ministers in exile (Antoni Comín, Clara Ponsatí, Lluís Puig, Meritxell Serret) and the International Arrest Warrant against Marta Rovira and Anna Gabriel, in an interlocutory hearing on 19 July where he also harshly criticizes the German court, whom he accuses of ‘overreaching the limits’ of their duties.

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