Catalonia’s Carles Puigdemont Arrested in Germany

The pro-independence leader could face up to 25 years in jail.

By Carmen Paun and cross-posted from Politico

Former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont was arrested on Sunday in Germany, his lawyer said.

German police stopped Puigdemont after he crossed the border by car from Denmark on his way back to Belgium from Finland, his lawyer Jaume Alonso-Cuevillas tweeted. He has been treated correctly, and his legal defense has been activated, he said.

The German police is enforcing a European arrest order issued against Puigdemont by the Spanish authorities, according to Spanish media outlet El País.

Puigdemont has been in exile in Belgium since last year, when he fled Spain after declaring Catalonia’s unilateral independence from Spain following a regional referendum deemed illegal by Madrid. He is facing potential charges of rebellion, rioting and misappropriation of public funds and could be sentenced to up to 25 years in jail, German media outlet Die Welt reported.

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