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German, Spanish authorities to hold discussions over Puigdemont extradition

IANS  |  Berlin 

German judicial authorities have accepted an invitation by their Spanish colleagues to discuss the potential extradition of ex-Catalan Puigdemont, a for the in the state of confirmed on Wednesday.

A meeting at the (EU) justice agency in the Dutch city of was planned "shortly", the told the press, reports

Media reported that Spanish judicial authorities still hoped to persuade their German counterparts that there was sufficient evidence to justify accusations of "rebellion" and "embezzlement" against the Catalan separatist leader during the high-level meeting.

Earlier, the in rejected a Spanish extradition request for Puigdemont on the grounds of "rebellion".

The court is still assessing whether to deliver the wanted ex-to on related embezzlement charges.

Puigdemont has expressed his desire to remain in until the full conclusion of judicial processes involving him there. The 55-year-old was recently released from custody at the after posting bail of 75,000 euros ($93,000) and must still regularly report his movements to local police.

Spanish authorities accuse Puigdemont of having acted in breach of the country's constitution by holding a referendum on Catalan independence in October 2017, as well as misappropriating 1.5 million euros ($1.86 million) in public funds to organise the vote before fleeing to

Nevertheless, has announced that it would respect any decision reached by German judicial authorities on the suspect's extradition.

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First Published: Thu, April 12 2018. 07:18 IST
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