A German court on Thursday granted the benefit of bail to the former president of Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont.
The Territorial Hearing of Schleswig-Holstein (North of Germany), which evaluates an extradition request against Puigdemont presented by Spain, dismissed the offense of rebellion from the proceeding and agreed to allow it to recover its freedom provisionally while studying its possible delivery on the basis of the charges of embezzlement.
The court considered the indictment for rebellion “inadmissible” but, according to a statement, believes that the process may be appropriate for other crimes that are imputed.
According to the court, “for legal reasons” extradition for rebellion – as provided for in the Spanish Criminal Code – can not be accepted because ” the acts attributed to him would not be punishable in Germany under the legislation in force here.”
In that sense, it points out that the crime that could be comparable in the German legislation would be “high treason”, but in this case it would not be applicable because the requirement of “violence” is not met.
To restore his freedom, the German court imposed a deposit of 75,000 euros(US $ 91,700) on Puigdemont, believing that the risk of escape is maintained, albeit in a reduced manner, after the crime of rebellion has been ruled out.
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