Preliminary extradition hearing for Clara Ponsatí in Edinburgh

Tomorrow morning (Thu 12 April 2018) here in Scotland at the Sheriff Court in Edinburgh there will be a preliminary hearing for Spain’s request to extradite Professor Clara Ponsatí under the European Arrest Warrant. The Catalan Defence Committee Scotland have organised a demonstration of support outside the court on Chambers Street from 9.15am. Independence Live will be broadcasting live from the demonstration.

The full hearing will begin next week at the same court on Wed !8 April 2018. A crowdfunding appeal for the University of St Andrews professor’s legal costs raised nearly a quarter of a million pounds, most of it pledged within hours of the appeal going live.

Watch the scenes outside the same court when Prof Clara Ponsatí was released on bail on 28 March

German court rejects Puigdemont rebellion charge

Carles Puigdemont has been freed from custody in Germany today and the court in Schleswig-Holstein determined that the charge of violent rebellion was inadmissible in his case. The closest comparable crime to rebellion in Germany is “high treason”, but the court determined that this was not applicable because the requirement of violence was not met.

Only the petition for the crime of embezzlement can now be considered and some clarification on that charge has been requested. If Puigdemont were to be extradited by German judiciary, he could only be tried in Spain for embezzlement and not rebellion.

Puigdemont has been released on bail with a bond of €75,000.

Puigdemont remains in prison in Germany

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. Continue reading Puigdemont remains in prison in Germany

European arrest warrants withdrawn, but Spanish Supreme Court presses on with sedition and rebellion cases against TWENTY people

In the wake of the release of six imprisoned ministers and the decision to continue to provisionally detain the four remaining Catalan political prisoners, many were surprised by Supreme Court judge Pablo Llarena’s decision to withdraw the European Arrest Warrants for Carles Puigdemont and the other 4 Catalan ministers in exile in Belgium. We can speculate that the Belgian and Spanish justice systems hold quite different standards in due legal process and the judge had concerns that any extradition judgments which went against Spain in Belgium may influence the cases against the large group charged together with sedition (and rebellion and misuse of public funds in most cases).

However arrest warrants still remain in place for the 5 exiles in Belgium, should they return to Spain. The Spanish Supreme Court is now handling all these cases which include the following TWENTY people:

  • 5 ministers in Belgium: Carles Puigdemont, Meritxell Serret, Antoni Comín, Lluís Puig and Clara Ponsatí
  • 6 ministers recently released from Madrid prisons: Dolors Bassa, Meritxell Borràs, Raül Romeva, Carles Mundó, Josep Rull and Jordi Turull
  • 2 ministers still in prison: Oriol Junqueras and Joaquim Forn
  • 2 leading grassroots activists still in prison: Jordi Sànchez and Jordi Cuixart
  • 5 members of the Catalan parliamentary bureau: Carme Forcadell, Lluís Corominas, Lluís Guinó, Anna Simó and Ramona Barrufet

We urge you to send Christmas cards or letters to the four people provisionally detained (see addresses below). Cards and letters should be posted to Spain by Friday 15 December 2017 to ensure they reach the prisoners before Christmas. Remember to include your name and address on the envelope.

Jordi Cuixart i Navarro


President of Òmnium Cultural
Jailed without bail: 16 Oct 2017
Charges: sedition

Jordi Cuixart i Navarro
Módulo 1
Centro Penitenciario Madrid V
Ctra. M-609, km 3,5
28791 Soto del Real
Madrid, Spain

Jordi Sànchez Picanyol


former President of the Catalan National Assembly
Jailed without bail: 16 Oct 2017
Charges: sedition
Candidate #2 for Junts Per Catalunya in Barcelona

Jordi Sànchez Picanyol
Módulo 8
Centro Penitenciario Madrid V
Ctra. M-609, km 3,5
28791 Soto del Real
Madrid, Spain

Oriol Junqueras i Vies


Vice President of the Catalan Government and Minister of Finance
Jailed without bail: 2 Nov 2017
Charges: rebellion, sedition and misuse of public funds
Candidate #1 for ERC in Barcelona

Oriol Junqueras i Vies
Módulo 7
Centro Penitenciario Madrid VII
Ctra. M-241, km 5.750
28595 Estremera
Madrid, Spain

Joaquim Forn Chiariello


Minister of the Interior
Jailed without bail: 2 Nov 2017
Charges: rebellion, sedition and misuse of public funds
Candidate #7 for Junts Per Catalunya in Barcelona

Joaquim Forn Chiariello
Módulo 1
Centro Penitenciario Madrid VII
Ctra. M-241, km 5.750
28595 Estremera
Madrid, Spain