German court authorises extradition of Carles Puigdemont

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.