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Seeking independence from Spain, the separatist leader of Catalonia is arrested in Italy

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September 24, 2021 – 13:55

The Catalan separatist leader in exile, Charles Pugdemond, has been detained in Italy by an arrest warrant issued by Spain.

He is accused of insurgency, through the independence referendum held in 2017, which the court declared illegal. At the time, Pugdemond was president of Catalonia, but then fled to Belgium. He lives there and is a member of the European Parliament.

The arrest of the Catalan leader was made at the airport of Sardinia, where he was going to attend a folklore festival for Catalonia.

An Italian judge will decide whether he will be released or extradited to Spain. Pugdemond had resisted detention and extradition so far as as an MEP he had immunity. But the European Parliament lifted his defense in March. / A2

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