Catalan Ex-Leader Intends to Return to Belgium

By Aishwarya Rai, International News Editor

Carles Puigdemont, ex-leader of Catalan, was released from a German prison on bail for 75,000 euros, or $92,000 on Friday, April 6, according to The New York Times. He was charged for rebellion, however, the regional court in the state of Schleswig-Holstein ruled that extradition could not be carried out since, “evidence of ‘violence’ is not present.” However, prosecutors have yet to decide whether Mr. Puigdemont can be extradited on charges for corruption related to the misuse of public money.

Despite the release on bail, Puigdemont is to remain in Germany and report to German police on a weekly basis, according to the BBC.

Puigdemont had been living in Belgium after the Catalonian parliament declared independence from Spain in October. He states that he wishes to return there after the legal proceedings are concluded.

 

A version of this article appeared in the Tuesday, April 10th print edition.

Contact Aishwarya at

aishwarya.rai@student.shu.edu

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