Catalonia’s Puigdemont to be brought before judge in Germany

Catalonia’s former chairman, Carles Puigdemont, must therefore be brought before national courts in Germany to determine whether he stays in custody pending further decisions on extradition proceedings.

Prosecutors in the northern German state of Schleswig-Holstein wouldn’t tell where Monday’s closed-doors hearing would take place. German news organisation dpa said Puigdemont was taken to a prison in the town of Neumuenster Sunday, hours after his arrest on a European warrant as he entered Germany from Denmark.

Spain was plunged into its worst political crisis in four decades when Puigdemont’s government flouted national courts prohibition and held an ad-hoc referendum on freedom for the northeastern region in October.

The Catalan parliament’s subsequent declaration of independence received no international recognition and elicited a takeover of the regional government by Spanish authorities.

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