A court in Schleswig-Holstein has asked Germany’s High Court to extradite Carles Puigdemont to Spain. Those judges will have the final say on Catalonia’s former president, who has been in jail since March 25.
“It’s still too early to understand when the judges will produce the verdict,” says a spokesperson for the public prosecutor, after transferring the Puigdemont case to the higher court. It’s not clear if the courts will find an equivalent in German law of the crimes Puigdemont was accused of in the European arrest warrant. “The Spanish crime of rebellion is similar to the high treason crime in our penal code, although formulated differently,” said the prosecutor.
Merkel’s government has kept quite. Justice Minister Katarina Barley (SPD) only says she will keep following the strategy the Grand Coalition agreed before Easter, without tampering with the judiciary. “Otherwise, it would be an abuse of federal power against the judges who need to make a decision with full autonomy.”