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Germany high court rejects request to rearrest former Catalan leader

[JURIST] The First Criminal Senate of Germany's Schleswig-Holstein Higher Regional Court on Tuesday rejected [press release] the Attorney General's request to rearrest former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont, saying the risk of Puigdemont absconding are slight.

The Neumünster District Court [official website, in German] rejected an extradition request for Puigdemont on a rebellion charge for his role during Catalonia's independence movement. Though the Attorney General presented new evidence concerning increased flight risk, the court found extradition was still impermissible.

Puigdemont had declared Catalonia's independence from Spain in October, and, after facing charges [JURIST report] including rebellion, fled to Belgium. Puigdemont had attended a conference in Finland and was attempting to return to Belgium when he was arrested [JURIST report] at the border of Denmark and Germany.

The court acknowledged this decision was not the final decision regarding extradition. Puigdemont then, is required to remain in Germany while extradition proceedings progress and he must continue to report weekly to police.

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