Spain mulls appealing Puigdemont extradition ruling

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Apr 8, 2018-

Spain’s public prosecutor’s office said on Friday that it may appeal a German court’s decision to reject the extradition of Catalonia’s ousted separatist leader Carles Puigdemont to the European Court of Justice. The German court had issued the preliminary ruling on Thursday, refusing Spain’s request to send Puigdemont back to be judged for rebellion over his role in the region’s failed secession bid last October. But in a rare statement on a foreign court’s decision, the Spanish office said it was “certain” that the German court’s final ruling will respect the principle of “mutual recognition” of judicial decisions that is inherent in the European arrest warrant system. “In any case, the prosecutor’s office will study the possibility of exercising the relevant actions to protect and defend the European legal order... before the European Court of Justice,” it added. (Agencies)

Published: 08-04-2018 11:14

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