Germany: Ex-Catalan leader gets conditional release

Germany: Ex-Catalan leader gets conditional release

The Catalan separatist leader could still be extradited on a charge of misusing public funds, the judges added, although "further facts must be clarified and information gathered" in the coming days and weeks. It wasn't immediately clear when Puigdemont would be released.

The Spanish government said it respected the decision of the German court. His lawyers have said they will appeal.

The official, who spoke on customary condition of anonymity, said "Spanish justice will adopt the appropriate measures in the face of these new circumstances".

- By Aritz Parra in Madrid.

Puigdemont's German defence team welcomed the court's decision to set aside the "outrageous" charge of rebellion in a statement.

The separatist leader was arrested in late March in northern Germany, while he was traveling from Denmark to Belgium.

The closest offence in German law is high treason - however the accused person's actions would have to include a violent element for the charge to be applicable.

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Puigdemont and six political allies escaped Spanish authorities in an attempt to "internationalise" their plight by dragging other European Union countries into the row.

Lamela said Trapero and the three others carried out a "premeditated strategy that was perfectly coordinated" to help achieve secession during the lead-up to a banned independence referendum in Catalonia on October 1 and the day of the vote itself. While a flight risk exists, it is lessened by the unfeasibility of the rebellion charges.

The rebellion charge would carry a maximum sentence of 30 years' imprisonment, while sedition carries a 15-year penalty.

The former chief of Catalonia's regional police and other regional security officials have been charged with sedition over their role in events leading a year ago to a banned independence referendum.

Two more members of the regional police and an official with the regional interior department were also indicted.

Trapero was hailed in Catalonia as a local hero for the handling of deadly extremist attacks in and near Barcelona last summer.

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