Puigdemont can be extradited on corruption charge: German court

File image of Former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont. Photograph:( Reuters )

WION Web Team Catalonia, Spain Jul 12, 2018, 03.24 PM (IST)

A German court has ruled that deposed Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont can be extradited to Spain but only for alleged corruption and not for "rebellion".

"Extradition on the accusation of misappropriation of public funds is permissible extradition on the accusation of rebellion is not permissible," the superior regional court of Schleswig-Holstein state said in a statement.

Puigdemont had fled from Spain after he backed Catalan independence in a resolution passed by the regional government. He escaped to Belgium and was later arrested in Germany. German law does not have equivalent to rebellion, so it has held up corruption as the reason for Puigdemont's extradition.

Meanwhile, reports said the Catalan government is planning to move several separatist leaders to prisons in their region.  In October last year, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's government had imposed direct rule in Catalonia after Puigdemont's defunt independence move.

Government spokeswoman Isabel Celaa said it was now ready to move the jailed separatists the several hundred miles back to Catalonia from Madrid.

"We will proceed with the transfer of these people to Catalan prisons," Celaa told a news conference. "The transfer is now open."