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 pardons jailed Catalan separatist leaders

Spain on Tuesday pardoned all nine separatist leaders jailed for their role in Catalonia’s failed 2017 independence bid in a gesture the government hopes will foster dialogue to keep the region part of Spain, deflating its push for self-determination. The politicians and activists were sentenced in 2019 to between nine and 13 years for sedition… Read More Spain pardons jailed Catalan separatist leaders

Spain set to pardon nine jailed Catalan separatists

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said his government will pardon the nine jailed leaders of Catalonia’s failed 2017 independence bid on Tuesday, saying that seeking reconciliation with the region was in the public interest. But as Sanchez spoke of hopes for “a spirit of dialogue and concord”, separatist protesters in Barcelona clamoured for a new… Read More Spain set to pardon nine jailed Catalan separatists

Catalan leader Peres Aragones seeks amnesty, negotiation for referendum on independence bid

A pardon for jailed Catalan separatist leaders would be a welcome “first step”, but the path to resolving the region’s political conflict with Madrid lies through talks on allowing a vote on independence, the head of the regional government said. Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has indicated in recent weeks he is preparing to pardon… Read More Catalan leader Peres Aragones seeks amnesty, negotiation for referendum on independence bid

Brussels court rules against extradition of former Catalan minister Lluis Puig to Spain

A Brussels court ruled on Friday that a European arrest warrant issued against former Catalan minister Lluis Puig, a Belgian resident since 2017, should not be carried out. The Brussels prosecutor said the court considered that the Spanish authority that issued the warrant was not competent to do so. The prosecutor may appeal the decision.… Read More Brussels court rules against extradition of former Catalan minister Lluis Puig to Spain

Spanish police clash with Catalan protesters in central Barcelona

Spanish police and militant elements in a thousands-strong crowd of protesters clashed in the streets of Barcelona close to police headquarters late on Saturday as a pro-independence demonstration by a direct action group turned violent. The protest began around 7:30 p.m. and as the crowd grew to around 10,000, according to police estimates, demonstrators threw… Read More Spanish police clash with Catalan protesters in central Barcelona