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Finnish MPs against extradition of Puigdemont

Deposed Catalan president faces “unreasonable” charges, say 15 members of Finland’s parliament in a joint statement

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26 March 2018 05:50 PM

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ACN | Barcelona

Fifteen members of the Finnish parliament have called on Germany to turn down the extradition of Carles Puigdemont, the deposed Catalan president who is currently in custody there, and who faces criminal charges in Spain for his role in the independence bid.

“The extradition request sent by Spain is strongly political in nature,” says a joint statement signed by MPs from six different parties. “Charges of rebellion against the former president Puigdemont are unreasonable and there are concerns that he would not get a fair trial in Spain.”

  • “[The] European Union must act to defend the political rights of its citizens and in favor of a democratic and peaceful solution to the Catalan situation”

    Joint statement by 15 Finnish MPs

Puigdemont was detained by the German police on Sunday close to the Danish border. According to his lawyer, Puigdemont was on his way back to Belgium, after his trip to Finland ended abruptly on Friday when the Spanish judiciary issued a European Arrest Warrant for him and the other pro-independence leaders abroad.

“We call on the European Union to act to ensure dialogue in the crisis between Catalonia and Spain and to work for the release of prisoners incarcerated for political reasons in Spain,” read the statement. “[The] European Union must act to defend the political rights of its citizens and in favor of a democratic and peaceful solution to the Catalan situation.”

The MPs also referred to recent reports by Amnesty International raising concerns over the situation of human rights in Spain.

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  • The Finnish MP Mikko Kärnä (left) and the deposed Catalan president Carles Puigdemont in Helsinki, Finland (by Blanca Blay)

  • The Finnish MP Mikko Kärnä (left) and the deposed Catalan president Carles Puigdemont in Helsinki, Finland (by Blanca Blay)