German judges have ordered Catalonia’s 130th president, Carles Puigdemont, to remain in custody in the northern German town of Neumünster as their courts decide on Spain’s extradition request. They have 60 days to make a decision.
Although rebellion, which carries a maximum penalty of 30 years in jail in Spain, is not a crime under German law, the German prosecutor has argued that the rebellion charge “contains in essence the accusation of calling an unconstitutional referendum despite violent riots that could be expected” matching the German charge of “treason”. “Word-for-word conformance between the German and Spanish criminal codes is thus not legally required,” the prosecutor’s statement said.
Prisoners at JVA Neumünster, including those on remand, can receive unlimited letters. Correspondence can be addressed to:
Boostedter Straße 30
UPDATE: Puigdemont was released on bail on Thu 5 April 2018 after charge of violent rebellion was rejected by the German court.
Meanwhile in Barcelona, the Catalan parliament bureau has accepted Carles Puigdemont’s request to vote by proxy, with Puigdemont arguing that his detention puts him in the same situation as other Catalan MPs held behind bars in Spanish prisons, such as the deposed vice president Oriol Junqueras and the activist Jordi Sànchez, who have been allowed to vote by proxy.