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Germany rejects Spain's petition to award officers who arrested Puigdemont

Schleswig-Holstein government says officers "were just doing their job"

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28 April 2018 01:03 PM

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ACN | Barcelona

The regional government of Schleswig-Holstein, in Germany, has rejected a petition by the Spanish police to award the officers responsible for arresting the deposed Catalan president Carles Puigdemont last March following an extradition order.

"Our government is not planning to tell Spanish authorities the names of the police officers involved in the detention of Mr. Puigdemont," said Peter Höver, a spokesperson for the länd's government. "Police officers acted on a European Arrest Warrant and were just doing their job."

  • "Our government is not planning to tell Spanish authorities the names of the police officers involved in the detention of Mr. Puigdemont"

    Peter Höver · Schleswig-Holstein government spokesperson

The Schlewsig-Holstein court decided to release Puigdemont on bail on April 5, ten days after his detention. The extradition request is still under consideration, but only for the crimes of misuse of public funds. The court rejected the charges of rebellion, translating to the German crimes of high treason, due to lack of violence.

In Spain, Puigdemont is wanted for his leading role in the Catalan independence movement. He left the country last October following a declaration of independence suspended from Madrid over, alleging that he did not trust the Spanish judiciary to offer him a fair trial.

When he was apprehended, Puigdemont was traveling through Germany, returning back to Belgium, where he resides. He had previously been in Finland, where he had been invited to speak by a local MP.

Puigdemont chose Berlin as his temporary place of residence in Germany while a final decision on his extradition is made.

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  • Deposed Catalan president Carles Puigdemont speaks to the press after being released (by Guifré Jordan)

  • Deposed Catalan president Carles Puigdemont speaks to the press after being released (by Guifré Jordan)