Former German president Puigdemont released on bail

Former German president Puigdemont released on bail

According to today's indictment, he was a part of a "complex and heterogeneous criminal organization", which was headed by former Catalan President Carles Puigdemont, who is now being detained in a German prison while authorities mull over Spain's extradition request.

The district court in Schleswig on Thursday set bail for the 55-year-old at €75,000 (£66,000), as reported by The Guardian. He has been ordered to stay in Germany while extradition proceedings continue.

Puigdemont was detained in Germany on a Spanish arrest warrant as he attempted to drive on March 25 from Finland to Belgium, where he now resides.

In response to the German court's ruling, a Spanish official said the government in Madid respects judicial decisions "always, when it likes them and when it doesn't".

However, the court disagreed Thursday, saying Puigdemont can't be extradited for rebellion.

The court agreed to release Puigdemont on bail and said extradition to Spain was possible on the lesser charge of misuse of public funds.

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The Spanish government was not immediately able to comment. "It means that if he is extradited for other things, that he can never be prosecuted for rebellion in Spain", Puigdemont's Belgian defense lawyer, Paul Bekaert, said.

Puigdemont has written an open letter from prison, urging Catalonia's parliament to make another attempt to elect jailed separatist activist Jordi Sànchez as the region's president.

In addition to the payment, the terms of Puigdemont's bail are that he may not leave Germany; he has to advise if he changes address; he has to report to the court once a week and must obey orders from the Higher Regional Court.

Spain's Supreme Court determined 25 Catalan leaders should be tried for rebellion, embezzlement or disobeying the state.

Also Thursday, Spanish police arrested Josep Lluís Trapero, the former head of the Catalan police force, for his alleged role in the independence bid.

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