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Former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont could be extradited to Spain

A German state prosecutor says it will decide soon an extradition charge after the court deemed such action was permissible.

But, a further charge of inciting rebellion, dating back to the Catalan uprising in 2017, did not warrant the former leader to be extradited from Germany to Spain, the court ruled.

The court has not decided to impose any precautionary measures on Puigdemont, meaning that he remains a free man.

“The accusation of misuse of public funds is acceptable, extradition for rebellion is not acceptable,” the German court stated in a press release.

Puigdemont has been in Germany after fleeing Spain for Belgium last year in the wake of the unilateral declaration of independence passed by the Catalan regional government.

He and a number of his former colleagues are facing charges for their role in the pro-independence drive, which reached its peak last year with an illegal referendum on secession from Spain and the aforementioned declaration.

He was arrested in germany on March 28.

This is a breaking news story. More to follow.

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