Carles Puigdemont arrested in Italy: will the Catalan independentist be extradited to Spain?

Will Carles Puigdemont be released or extradited to Spain? It is now up to an Italian judge to decide.

Because the independentist, ex-president of Catalonia was arrested Thursday in Sardinia where he was going as a MEP according to his lawyer.

In exile in Belgium since 2017 after the attempted secession of Catalonia, the leader was arrested at the Italian airport of Alghero by the Italian border police. An arrest based on a European arrest warrant dating, again according to his lawyer, from October 14, 2019.

Independence calls to demonstrate this Friday in front of the Italian consulate in Barcelona began to circulate on social networks.

The former Catalan regional president, Quim Torra, described as “catastrophic” a possible extradition of Carles Puigdemont to Spain and calls on the separatists to be “on maximum alert”.

This arrest raises the risk of a new crisis between Barcelona and Madrid.

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