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Puigdemont from prison: “I won't give up”

Catalan leader says he will challenge those in Spain that "are willing to pay the price of abandoning the rule of law and justice" to defend "the motherland"

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31 March 2018 09:26 AM

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ACN | Barcelona

Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont said on Saturday he will not "give up" politics despite being in prison in Germany. In a post published on his Twitter account, now managed by his team, he insisted that he will not "step aside," and accused the Spanish government of acting in an "illegitimate" and "arbitrary" that puts at risk the rule of law and justice.

  • "Everyone should know this: I won't give in, I won't give up, I won't step aside when faced with the illegitimate actions of those that lost in the ballot boxes, nor when faced with the arbitrariness of those that are willing to pay the price of abandoning the rule of law and justice for the unity of the motherland."

    Carles Puigdemont · Catalan leader imprisoned in Germany

This is the first political message coming from Puigdemont since he was detained in Germany last Sunday. He has to face court next week, when the general prosecutor of the state of Schleswig-Holstein will decide whether to execute or not the European Arrest Warrant against him. A judge will have to decide, as well, if Puigdemont has to stay in prison while the case is being considered or can be released with precautionary measures.

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  • Carles Puigdemont in Helsinki prior to detention in Germany (by ACN)

  • Carles Puigdemont in Helsinki prior to detention in Germany (by ACN)