Catalan separatist Puigdemont to return to Belgium Saturday
FILE - In this May 15, 2018 file photo former Catalan leader, Carles Puigdemont, addresses the media during a news conference in Berlin, Germany. A Spanish Supreme Court judge has dropped his extradition requests for six Catalan separatist politicians wanted on rebellion charges. (Markus Schreiber, file/Associated Press) July 25 at 5:00 AM
BERLIN â" Former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont says he will return to Belgium on Saturday, following Spainâs decision to withdraw a European warrant that prompted Germany to arrest him in March.
The separatist leader spoke to reporters in Berlin on Wednesday, a week after a court in northern Germany said Spainâs decision meant he was now free to leave the co untry.
Spain had sought Puigdemontâs extradition on rebellion charges for promoting independence for Catalonia. But the German court ruled he could only be sent back to face a lesser charge of embezzlement connected to the alleged misuse of public funds for holding a referendum on Catalan secession that a judge had outlawed.
An earlier Spanish attempt to extradite Puigdemont from Belgium failed.
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