Published: Fri, April 06, 2018
World | By Camille Rivera

Former Catalan president, wanted by Spain, is granted bail by German court

Former Catalan president, wanted by Spain, is granted bail by German court

Remember, the court ruled it would not extradite him over rebellion charges. Puigdemont is being freed because he has been deemed much less of a flight risk, now that rebellion has been ruled out, the court said.

The German judges still will consider approving his extradition on a lesser charge of misuse of public funds.

The Spanish government said it respected the decision of the German court.

"The government is sure that Spain's justice system will take the appropriate measures given these new circumstances, to ensure respect for the laws of our country", the source added.

- By Aritz Parra in Madrid.

But meanwhile Puigdemont can leave custody if he fulfils court-imposed conditions including a payment of 75,000 euros ($92,000).

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Puigdemont was detained on a European arrest warrant shortly after entering Germany on March 25.

Rebellion is not a criminal offence in Germany, the court said, and the charge of high treason was unwarranted, due to the lack of a violent aspect to Puigdemont's actions.

The court has been considering what to do about a Spanish extradition request for Mr Puigdemont for more than a week.

Lamela said Trapero and the three others carried out a "premeditated strategy that was perfectly coordinated" to help achieve secession during the lead-up to a banned independence referendum in Catalonia on October 1 and the day of the vote itself.

Nevertheless, Puigdemont's defence team were "very happy for our client" that the "outrageous" charge of rebellion had been set aside, Dunckel said.

Sanchez said in a letter from a Madrid jail published Thursday that he was ready to try again to be elected.

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He and 12 other separatist leaders were officially charged with rebellion.

The ex-police chief - who was credited for the force's swift response in the 2017 Barcelona terror attacks - resigned past year in the aftermath of the referendum.

Regional newspaper Neue Osnabruecker Zeitung reported that the politician would also have to report to the police every week and would not be allowed to leave Germany without prosecutors' consent.

Trapero was hailed in Catalonia as a local hero for the handling of deadly extremist attacks in and near Barcelona last summer.

The Spanish government's quelling of the October 1 independence referendum drew worldwide condemnation and outrage, with footage of national police officers and members of the Civil Guardia seizing ballot boxes and violently dispersing voters going viral on social media.

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