German court: Catalan leader Puigdemont won’t be extradited to Spain for ‘rebellion’

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Carles Puigdemont, the former leader of Catalonia under investigation over the Catalan push for independence from Spain, may be released on bail, the German court hearing on his extradition has ruled.

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Puigdemont, arrested last week in Germany under a European warrant issued by Spanish authorities, is awaiting a decision on whether he will be extradited to Spain to face trial for his involvement in the October 2017 referendum on whether Catalonia should be independent from Spain. That vote, resulting in a massive win for the ‘leave’ side with a below-50 percent turnout, was ruled illegal by Madrid.

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