Italy: Carles Puigdemont will be released pending a decision on his extradition

the essential The MEP is being prosecuted in Spain for “sedition” for his role in an attempt to secede from Catalonia in October 2017.

The former pro-independence president of Catalonia Carles Puigdemont will be released, but must remain in Sardinia, where he was arrested on Thursday, pending a decision from the Italian justice on his extradition demanded by Spain, announced on Friday 24 September his lawyer.

Although the judge has not yet ruled on the conditions of his release, Carles Puigdemont “could be released from prison today”, his lawyer Agostinangelo Marras told reporters in court in Sassari, Sardinia (Italy) .

The MEP appeared there by video conference from his prison. He is being sued in Spain for “sedition” for his role in an attempt to secede from Catalonia in October 2017, which triggered the worst political crisis in the country in decades

Carles Puigdemont’s defense challenges the validity of the arrest warrant, a procedure which, according to Agostinangelo Marras, could take “several weeks”.

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