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Prosecutors order release of Carles Puigdemont

Prosecutors order release of Carles Puigdemont

The former chief of Catalonia's regional police and other regional security officials have been charged with sedition over their role in events leading a year ago to a banned independence referendum.

He and 12 other separatist leaders were officially charged with rebellion. Separatist law makers have yet to be ready to produce a new administration after successful a narrow parliamentary majority in a election in December predicted by Mr. Rajoy.

The Spanish Supreme Court is also considering appealing to the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg for a preliminary ruling on the case.

Former Catalan President Carles Puigdemont will return to self-imposed exile in Belgium should judges decide he not be extradited to Spain, he told reporters a day after being released from a German jail.

Xavier Garcia-Albiol says that the decision not to extradite Puigdemont on rebellion could hurt the "confidence" Spaniards have in "European institutions".

He was released on bail pending a hearing on a lesser charge and remains in Germany.

Separatists in Catalonia's regional parliament already tried to elect Sanchez as regional chief but their efforts were blocked by a judge last month.

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Former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont has made a renewed call for Spanish authorities to open negotiations over the region's secession bid.

The court has concluded that extradition to Spain was not possible on the charge of "rebellion", since it did not see evidence that Puigdemont meant to use force to gain Catalan independence.

A German court is deciding whether Puigdemont should be extradited on the lesser charge of misuse of public funds to hold a banned referendum on independence for Catalonia a year ago. Several ministers of the former Catalan government were arrested, while Puigdemont fled to Belgium to avoid arrest.

He was then released after paying a 75,000 euros bail.

Spain is seeking Puigdemont's extradition for rebellion and misuse of public funds in organising an unauthorised referendum past year on Catalonia's independence from Spain. The German court said it will consider his extradition on that count.

A demonstration was planned in the northern German town of Neum√ľnster, where Puigdemont had been held since his detention, against his still-possible extradition.

"It is a shame for Europe to have political prisoners", Puigdemont said.


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