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Catalan ex-leader vows to pursue independence bid

Catalan ex-leader vows to pursue independence bid

Catalonia’s deposed president Carles Puigdemont on Saturday vowed to “defend the just cause of the Catalan people” as he returned to Belgium. Four months after he was detained in Germany at Madrid’s request, Puigdemont was able to travel to Belgium after a Spanish court dropped a European arrest warrant for him. “This is not the end […] …

Spain drops arrest warrants for Puigdemont, other Catalans

Spain drops arrest warrants for Puigdemont, other Catalans

A Spanish judge on Thursday dropped European and international arrest warrants for deposed Catalan president Carles Puigdemont and other separatist leaders who fled abroad, the Supreme Court said, which means they no longer face extradition. In a court ruling, Pablo Llarena said he had taken the decision after a German court agreed to extradite Puigdemont, […] …

German court keeps ex-Catalan leader Puigdemont in custody

German court keeps ex-Catalan leader Puigdemont in custody

A German court has kept former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont in custody pending possible extradition to Spain to face “rebellion” charges, as fresh demonstrations blocked several main roads in the Spanish region on Tuesday. Puigdemont will “remain in detention for the time being, until a decision is made concerning the extradition procedure,” the regional court […] …

German police arrest ex-Catalan leader Puigdemont

German police arrest ex-Catalan leader Puigdemont

German police on Sunday arrested Catalonia’s former president Carles Puigdemont as he crossed over by a car from Denmark. Puigdemont “was arrested today at 11:19 am by the autobahn police force of Schleswig-Holstein,” a German police spokesman told AFP, adding that the detention was based on a European warrant. His party spokeswoman also separately confirmed […] …

Finnish police seek Puigdemont’s arrest under European warrant

Finnish police seek Puigdemont’s arrest under European warrant

Finnish police said Saturday they were seeking to arrest Catalonia’s former president Carles Puigdemont under a European arrest warrant issued by Spain, but did not know his whereabouts. Puigdemont, who lives in self-imposed exile in Belgium, has been visiting Finland since Thursday for talks with lawmakers and had been due to leave on Saturday afternoon. […] …

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