Dropping extradition request shows ‘weakness’ of legal case, says Puigdemont
Former Catalan president demands "more forcefully than ever" the release of jailed political leaders
Avui és un dia per reclamar amb més força que mai la llibertat dels presos i preses polítics. Retirar les OEDE és la demostració de la feblesa immensa de la causa judicial. Revocar la presó preventiva seria la demostració que la justícia espanyola comença a actuar com l'europea.— Carles Puigdemont 🎗 (@KRLS) July 19, 2018
Some of the other exiled officials involved in the decision also took sides.
For the former Agriculture minister, Meritxell Serret, the withdrawal of the European arrest warrants is "a great victory." "What I regret is that they are keeping with a series of accusations when there are judges who consider there is no base to keep them," she said.
Like Puigdemont, Serret also demanded the release of the nine jailed officials."It makes no sense that our colleagues continue incarcerated," said Serret, who lives in Brussels and is now the Catalan government delegate in the country.
The former Culture minister, Lluís Puig, in the same situation as her, said Puigdemont's likely return to Belgium will make their project towards the Catalan republic stronger.
Puigdemont and the other exiled leaders plan to set up the so-called Council for the Republic to help the pro-independence cause go International.
Toni Comín, former Catalan Health minister, also believes this is a "great victory." He said, "truth, justice and democracy" have won.