Exiled Catalan leader detained over ‘sedition’


Published: 2018-03-25 14:04

Last Updated: 2018-03-25 15:11

The former leader of Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont (Indian express)
The former leader of Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont  (Indian express)
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The former leader of Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont, has been detained in Germany, BBC reported, citing his lawyer Jaume Alonso Cuevillas’ tweet on Sunday.

According to Cuevillas, Puigdemont was trying to cross the border from Denmark to Belgium when he was arrested for being wanted in Spain over “sedition.”

Spain had issued a European arrest warrant on Friday against Puigdemont and five other separatists, including four former ministers.

Spanish Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, had announced the removal of the Catalan former leader earlier in October, when the referendum that backed Catalonia's independence was banned, leading Puigdemont to self-exile to Belgium.

Catalonia’s parliament declared independence on Oct. 27, 2017 based on 90 percent secession approval in the Oct. 1 referendum.

The parliament was dissolved by the Spanish government and a snap election was held in December 2017, where pro-independence parties maintained their absolute majority.