While Puigmont was waiting for the Italian court’s ruling, in Spain, the Supreme Court’s sources and Puigmont’s defense clashed over the enforceability of European arrest warrants for independent leaders.
Madrid (in favour)-The former Catalan President Carls Puigmont stayed the night at the Bancali prison in Sassari in Italy, in wait to be brought to justice. Italian police arrested the pro-independence politician when he arrived at Sardinia’s airport on Thursday night.
He is now waiting for the Sassari Court of Appeal decision on whether to release him or continue extradition to Spain.
At the same time, in Spain, there is a conflict of legal opinions between the Supreme Court and Puigmont’s defense sources on whether European arrest warrants for independent leaders can be enforced.
In Barcelona, pro-independence groups stationed outside the Italian consulate in Catalonia to protest the arrest of Puigmont.
An independent group demonstrated in Sassari against Puigmont’s captivity.
The Spanish government stated that Puigmont “must obey judicial action like any other citizen”, adding that the detention on Italian territory was due to an ongoing “judicial process”.
Also, the Spanish government expressed gratitude for the “decisions of Italian authorities” as it had done so when Spain and The European Court of Justice had “resolutions in the judicial proceedings” that were “affecting” the former president.
The Spanish government, chaired by Pedro Sánchez, maintains dialogue with the Catalan government to advance the resolution of the conflict and strive for Catalan independence.
Agostinangelo Maarras, an Italian lawyer representing the ex-Catalan president, will ensure that legal aid is provided.
Sources from the Supreme Court claim that the order against Puigmont was never cancelled and remains fully in effect. They confirmed that the European arrest warrant and transfer order were issued for the crime sedition. They recalled that the arrest was due to the European Parliament’s recent cancellation of the immunity of Puigmont as a member of the European Parliament. Pablo Llarena was the instructor and magistrate.
On the other hand, Puigdemont’s defense argued that the European arrest warrant issued by the Supreme Court was suspended in July last year, when the European Union General Court revoked the immunity of members of the European Parliament because it believed that no EU member state would Risk of arrest. he. .
Puigmont was actually arrested in Germany in March 2018. However, the German court refused extradition to Spain for him to be released on the charge of rebellion.
After being detained in Germany, Puigmont returned to Waterloo (Belgium) where he had lived since he fled Spain in 2017. He began judicial persecution against the leaders of the independent process.
The National Association of Catalonia called for a protest in Brussels against the arrest of Puigmont.