Italian court suspends extradition case of Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont

Self-exiled Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont said on Monday he felt he was closer to returning to the northeastern Spanish region after an Italian court suspended a case regarding Spain’s latest extradition request. A court in Sardinia said its suspension was pending a decision by the European Union Court of Justice on Puigdemont, his legal… Read More Italian court suspends extradition case of Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont

Spain says Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont must stand trial in Spanish courts

Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont, who was detained by Italian police in Sardinia, must face justice in Spain, the Spanish government said on Friday ahead of an extradition hearing. “Mr. Puigdemont must submit to the action of the courts, exactly like any other citizen,” Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez’s office said in a statement. Spain… Read More Spain says Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont must stand trial in Spanish courts

Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont detained in Italy

Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont was detained on Thursday by Italian police in Sardinia, his office said in a statement. Spain has accused Puigdemont, the former Catalan regional head, with sedition, claiming he helped organise a 2017 independence referendum deemed illegal by Spanish courts. In March, the European Parliament stripped Puigdemont of the immunity he… Read More Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont detained in Italy

Spain bars former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont from contesting in European Parliament elections

Spain’s electoral commission barred former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont from running in the European Parliament elections in May, he said on Monday, a day after a general election where the region’s separatism has been a pivotal issue. Puigdemont fled Spain in 2017 after Madrid imposed direct rule on the wealthy northeastern region which had unilaterally… Read More Spain bars former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont from contesting in European Parliament elections

Protests erupt as German police detain former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont

Former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont was detained in Germany on Sunday, five months after entering self-imposed exile from Spain, where he faces up to 25 years in prison for organizing an illegal secession referendum last year. Puigdemont had entered Germany from Denmark after leaving Finland on Friday when it appeared that police would arrest him… Read More Protests erupt as German police detain former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont