German court sets bail for ex-Catalan leader

A German court ruled on Thursday that former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont can be released on bail pending a decision on his extradition to Spain, saying the most serious charge Puigdemont faces isn’t punishable under German law.

The state court in Schleswig said the 55-year-old ex-president of Spain’s Catalonia region could leave a prison in northern Germany with a 75,000-euro ($92,000) payment. It wasn’t immediately clear when Puigdemont would be released.

Puigdemont was detained in Germany on a Spanish arrest warrant as he attempted to drive from Finland to Belgium on March 25. He fled to Belgium after Spain’s prime minister removed him from office and a sedition investigation was launched against politicians who led Catalonia’s declaration of independence in October.

Spanish authorities accuse Puigdemont of rebellion and misuse of public funds in organising an unauthorized referendum last year on the region’s secession.


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