Catalan Separatist Leader Arrested in Italy

A Spanish court issued the arrest of former separatist Catalan President Carles Puigdemont in Italy.

After Puigdemont landed in Sardinia for a cultural event and a meeting with Sardinian independence leaders on Thursday, Italian police arrested him. He is still in custody in Alghero.

“At his arrival at Alghero airport, he was arrested by Italian police. Tomorrow (Friday), he’ll appear before the judges of the court of appeal of Sassari, who will decide whether to let him go or extradite him,” his chief of staff Josep Lluis Alay said.

Alay said the arrest was made based on a warrant that had been suspended since October 2019. 

“The arrest of Mr. Puigdemont corresponds to an ongoing judicial procedure that applies to any EU citizen who has to answer to the courts,” the Spanish government said.

Puigdemont, 58, is wanted in Spain on charges of sedition for attempting to have the Catalan region secede from Madrid in a referendum in 2017.

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