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Puigdemont a year ago arrested, Catalan wants to be fighting to continue as a member of the European parliament
Monday is exactly a year ago that the deposed Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont, was arrested in the German state of Schleswig-Holstein. That happened when he through Denmark with the car returned from Finland to Belgium. Since the onafhankelijkheidsreferendum in Catalonia from October 2017 the Spanish court Puigdemont on the heels. The former Catalan leader resides in exile in our country, and continues to fight for an independent Catalonia.

Puigdemont was on that particular march 25, 2018 arrested on the basis of a European arrest warrant. He ended up behind bars, but was subject to conditions, are released pending a decision on his surrender. The German court decided four months later to Puigdemont just about to deliver to Spain for misuse of public funds, and not for rebellion. Spain drew then prompt the arrest warrant. After his enforced stay in Berlin could Puigdemont again to go wherever he wanted, except in Spain. As soon as he set foot on Spanish soil, it will be Puigdemont be picked up.

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On september 25, last year was for the French-speaking court of first instance in Brussels, the process is initiated that Puigdemont, along with four other deposed ministers of the Catalan government filed by the Spanish investigating judge Pablo Llarena. They blame the judge, that the European arrest warrant against them has been made, that he is biased. Llarena said on February 22, told the local press on a lecture in Oviedo that the Catalan politicians who, in Spain, in the cell to sit, no political prisoners. "The Spanish state is then intervened and suggested that it was to deeds of Llarena's office, and not outside his office. Therefore, we have an additional claim filed against the Spanish state", confirms lawyer Christophe Marchand to Belga.

In the extensive claim on march 13 was filed, accusing the prosecutors of Spain its systematic violations of European law to commit against the "Catalan minority, the political movements which strive for regional independence, and their representatives, in contravention of the principles of the rule of law", report Spanish media.

They also suggested that the arrest in Spain of the free movement of the five accused of a crime threatens the principle of European citizenship rights. The lawsuit seems to be already a work of long breath to be expected until next year a hearing.

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