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German prosecutor seeks extradition for ex-Catalan leader Puigdemont

In international law, in order for a person to be extradited, there must be a legal equivalent for the crime in the extraditing country

IANS  |  Berlin 

Carles Puigdemont, Catalonia
Carles Puigdemont

A German on Tuesday formally requested an order against Catalonia's former Carles Puigdemont, who has been imprisoned for over a week in following a issued by

According to a statement released by the attorney general, the prosecution asked the for Puigdemont to be extradited to Spain, where he is wanted for alleged rebellion, sedition and misuse of public funds after staging a banned referendum on the region's independence, reports news.

"Today, the of has petitioned the regional court to issue an order against the former of Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont, in accordance with article 15 of German law relating to cooperation in criminal matters," the statement said.

It added that, after a careful examination of the European arrest warrant, the regional prosecution had come to the conclusion that there was an admissible demand for Puigdemont's by following the proper procedures.

In law, in order for a person to be extradited, there must be a legal equivalent for the crime in the extraditing country.

Puigdemont, 55, was deposed on October 27, 2017 after cited Article 155 of the Spanish constitution to dissolve the and the

Fearing impending arrest, he went into exile in

On March 26, Puigdemont was arrested by shortly after he crossed the border with Denmark, as he was returning to from in

Meanwhile, other members of Puigdemont's former cabinet and key leaders of the pro-remain jailed in facing similar charges.

On Sunday, hundreds of people marched in to express solidarity with Puigdemont and demand his freedom.

First Published: Tue, April 03 2018. 16:04 IST
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