Court in Schleswig-Holstein rules Catalan fugitive ex-leader can be extradited on the charge of misuse of public funds.
A German court has authorised the extradition to Spain of former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont.
A court in Schleswig-Holstein ruled on Thursday that Puigdemont could be extradited, but only on a charge of misuse of public funds.
A second charge of rebellion did not warrant an extradition from Germany to Spain, the court ruled.
“Extradition on the accusation of misappropriation of public funds is permissible; extradition on the accusation of rebellion is not permissible,” the superior regional court of Schleswig-Holstein state said in a statement.
DPA news agency reported a spokesperson said the extradition order for Puigdemont will soon be approved by Schleswig-Holstein’s state attorney general.
In a tweet, Puigdemont on Thursday said the ruling signified a defeat of the “main lie sustained by the [Spanish] state”, that his role in the referendum amounted to treason.
“We will fight to the end and win!” the tweet said.
Hem derrotat la principal mentida sostinguda per l’Estat. La justícia alemanya nega que el referèndum del 1 d’octubre fos rebel·lió. Cada minut que passen els nostres companys a la presó és un minut de vergonya i injustícia. Lluitarem fins al final, i guanyarem!
— Carles Puigdemont