Former Catalan leader Puigdemont detained in Germany

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Barcelona, Spain Published: Mar 25, 2018, 11:51 AM(IST)

File photo of former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont. Photograph:( Reuters )

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German Police, acting on an international arrest warrant issued by Spain on Sunday detained the former Catalan secessionist leader in Germany

German Police, acting on an international arrest warrant issued by Spain on Sunday detained former Catalan secessionist leader Carles Puigdemont in Germany, his lawyer said.

The lawyer, Jaume Alonso-Cuevillas, did not say exactly where Puigdemont was in custody in Germany. He said only that Puigdemont, the former Catalan regional president, had been en route to Belgium where he has been living in self-imposed exile since late last year.

"The president was going to Belgium to put himself, as always, at the disposal of Belgian justice," Joan Maria Pique, Puigdemont’s spokesman, told Reuters.

Puigdemont had entered Germany from Denmark after leaving Finland on Friday when it appeared police would arrest him there and launch an extradition process requested by Spain.

Puigdemont faces up to 25 years in prison in Spain on charges of rebellion and sedition for organising an illegal referendum for Catalonia that led to a unilateral declaration of independence in October.

Spanish Supreme Court judge Pablo Llarena ruled on Firday that 25 Catalan separatist politicians would face charges of rebellion, embezzlement and disobeying the state for their roles in organising the vote on secession.

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