teknolojiarsivi.com July 20, 2018

Ex-Catalan president Puigdemont detained in Germany

26 March 2018, 01:22 | Floyd Cook

Former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont spoke at the University of Helsinki last week. Image Martti Kainulainen Lehtikuva

Carles Puigdemont

Separately confirming his arrest in Germany, Puigdemont's party spokeswoman Anna Grabalosa said: "It happened as he crossed the Danish-German border". But his attorney, Jaume Alonso-Cuevillas, said Saturday that Puigdemont had left Finland and was en route to Belgium.

The arrest comes two days after Spain's supreme court issued worldwide arrest warrants for 13 Catalan separatists including Puigdemont and his nominated successor Jordi Turull over their role in the region's failed bid for independence.

Let's take a step back.

The arrest comes five months after Puigdemont went on the run as Spanish prosecutors sought to charge him in the wake of a vote by the Catalan parliament to declare independence.

At the same time in Girona, several dozen supporters of Catalonia's independence gathered under the representation of the Spanish government and, in protest at the arrest of Puigdemont, removed the flag of Spain and painted the walls of the building with yellow paint.

Spain's supreme court said Friday would prosecute for "rebellion" 13 Catalan separatists, including Puigdemont, for their role in the region's failed bid to break away from Spain.

The judge also issued a new global arrest warrant for Puigdemont Friday, making him a wanted man across Europe once again, after his prior extradition order was lifted in December. If found guilty, they face up to 30 years in prison. He's also charged with misuse of public funds.

Madrid called a snap election for December a year ago in hope of having a more moderate Catalan government to deal with, but its plan backfired when the region voted a majority of pro-independence MPs into parliament, maintaining the status quo.

German authorities have 60 days to decide whether to extradite Puigdemont to Spain.

Catalonia will remain under direct rule by Madrid as long as it fails to form a new government.

"Spain does not guarantee a fair trial; only revenge and repression", she wrote on Twitter.

A Spanish police official told The Associated Press under customary condition of anonymity that Spain's National Center for Intelligence and police agents from its worldwide cooperation division helped German police to locate Puigdemont.

Fresh regional elections will be triggered if a new leader is not elected by May 22.

Police in the northern state of Schleswig-Holstein said highway police detained Puigdemont Sunday at 11:19 a.m. (0919 GMT; 4:19 a.m. EDT) near the A7 highway which leads from Denmark into Germany.

Puigdemont's attorney said that German police have been following proper procedures since the arrest and that his client had intended upon his return to Brussels to "put himself, as always, at the disposal of the Belgian justice system".

It said in a statement that "the question of whether Mr. Puigdemont has to be taken into extradition custody will then have to be determined by the higher regional court in Schleswig". He refused to give any details on the Catalan leader's current whereabouts other than to say "we had information that he would be in Germany or would enter Germany". Three people have also been arrested.

The warrants came as the Spanish Supreme Court ruled that 25 Catalan leaders should face charges for rebellion, sedition or embezzlement.

Other News

Trending Now

Release Of 101 Dapchi School-Girls Reassuring - ACF
The extraordinary development brought elation to most of the families, but more heartache for the relatives of the nine girls still unaccounted for.

Facebook misled Parliament over data leak risk, says United Kingdom lawmaker
Like all app developers, Kogan requested and gained access to information from people after they chose to download his app. Facebook became aware of the activity by late 2015, and ordered the data destroyed by everyone Kogan had shared it with.

Villanova heads to the Sweet 16
Want to knock heads the way the Mountaineers did for 40 minutes Friday night at TD Garden, Villanova can do that, too. With 3-point shooting that was timely and lethal, Villanova made another Sweet 16 turn sour for West Virginia .

Google announces plan to combat spread of misinformation online
Google says it's hoping to make this signal available to more news organizations this year. The program comes as Google and news agencies try to hash out their difference.

Turkey Calls on U.S. for Support as Afrin Offensive Continues
Director Erhan Baytimur said it was coincidence that Tuesday night's premiere fell so close to Sunday's capture of Afrin by Turkish troops.

Lukaku Defends Sanchez, Claims Ex-Arsenal Star Will Deliver For Manchester United
Luke Shaw looks set to leave Manchester United in the summer after more criticism from manager Jose Mourinho . I'm not happy with the performance, I'm happy with the result.

Alvaro Morata Has Our Total Confidence - Chelsea Star
To show that they deserve to go. "There are players who are not on the list whose chances of going to the World Cup are intact". Costa's replacement at Chelsea , Alvaro Morata , is among the players Lopetegui did not name in the 24-man squad.

Resilient Karachiites fearless scorching heat, security checks to welcome PSL
The Islamabad United won the 2016 PSL and Peshawar Zalmi has won the 2017 PSL 2. But a reluctance from some global PSL players to play in Pakistan remains.

Massive crowds at anti-gun rally in Florida
According to recent survey data, numerous policy changes proposed by the Parkland students are broadly popular. Students last week staged nationwide walkouts from classrooms.

US Accuses Iranian Tech Firm And Its Employees For Coordinated Cyber Attacks
While none of the charged hackers have been detained, Berman said the indictments would restrict their lives. They wanted to know why the DOJ wouldn't indict Russians but chose to indict Iranians instead.