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Spain issues new extradition order for Puigdemont after verdict

Supreme Court releases European Arrest Warrant for Catalan ex-president as pro-independence leaders get prison sentences for sedition

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14 October 2019 03:25 PM

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ACN | Barcelona

Spain’s Supreme Court has resumed the effort to extradite former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont, exiled in Belgium, after sentencing most of his ministers to serve lengthy prison sentences for the 2017 push for independence.

The court issued a new European Arrest Warrant on Monday afternoon, shortly after issuing the long-awaited verdict for his former colleagues imprisoned in Spain.

After two failed attempts to extradite Puigdemont—first in Belgium and then in Germany—the Supreme Court judge Pablo Llarena hopes that the conviction for sedition will be enough to convince European judges to surrender him back to Spain.

In all, 12 pro-independence leaders faced trial in Spain’s Supreme Court. While Puigdemont and other politicians were also charged with criminal offences, they couldn’t be tried alongside their colleagues unless they returned to Spain.

Few hours after Spain's move, Belgium's public prosecutor received the European arrest warrant against Junts per Catalunya party leader Puigdemont.

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  • Former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont (right) and former ministers Toni Comín and Clara Ponsatí (by Nazaret Romero)

  • Former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont (right) and former ministers Toni Comín and Clara Ponsatí (by Nazaret Romero)