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Sunday, 25 March 2018

Ex-Catalan leader, Carles Puigdemont arrested In Germany

Ex-Catalan leader, Carles Puigdemont arrested In Germany
The police in Germany today arrested Catalonia’s former president, Carles Puigdemont as he crossed over by car from Denmark.  

Puigdemont “was arrested today at 11:19 am by Schleswig-Holstein’s highway patrol force,” a German police spokesman told AFP, adding that the detention was based on an European warrant.  “He is now in police custody”, the spokesman added.  

Puigdemont’s party spokeswoman Anna Grabalosa also separately confirmed that he was detained on arrival in Germany from Denmark.  “It happened as he crossed the Danish-German border. He was treated well and all his lawyers are there. That is all I can say,” she said.  Puigdemont is wanted by Spain on charges of “rebellion” and “sedition”, over his independence bid for Catalan.  He had been visiting Finland since Thursday but slipped out of the Nordic country before Finnish police could detain him.  

His lawyer Jaume Alonso-Cuevillas, said on Twitter that Puigdemont was picked up by German police as he was travelling back to Belgium where he had been living in self-imposed exile.


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