The Madrid authorities acknowledged earlier than the extradition listening to that the separatist Catalan chief Carles Puigmont, who was arrested by Italian police in Sardinia, should seem earlier than the Spanish judiciary.
“Puigmont should respect the courtroom’s determination, similar to every other citizen,” Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez mentioned.
Spain accused the previous Catalan chief Puigdemont of rebelling in opposition to the federal government as a result of he helped manage a referendum on the independence of the province in 2017, which was declared unlawful by the Spanish courts.
When the Catalan chief arrived in Sardinia on Thursday evening, he was arrested by the Italian border police on the airport in Alghero.
Based on the Italian information company ANSA, he ought to seem in an Italian courtroom in the present day, however it’s not recognized whether or not the decide will decide on extradition later.
“We imagine that the judicial authorities will acquit Puigmont. That is the fourth time this has occurred,” his lawyer Gonzalo Boyer instructed Cadena Ser Radio.
In March of this yr, the European Parliament cancelled Puigmont’s immunity, and he has been a member of this establishment since 2019. Puigmont went into exile in Belgium, and Alghero got here from Brussels to take part within the Adifolk Worldwide Exhibition and meet with the leaders of Sardinia.
The 2017 referendum introduced Spain the most important political disaster in a long time, after which in October of the identical yr, Catalonia was unilaterally declared independence within the regional parliament. After that, the Madrid authorities imposed direct rule of the province and arrested the separatist leaders. folks.