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    Catalan Independence

    Elections were held yesterday: Catalonia election: Separatists win majority; "Mr Mas told the BBC he would consult the people on independence within the next four years...A referendum would be illegal under the current Spanish constitution, and Spain's ruling Popular Party is likely to block any attempts for constitutional change." (BBC News - Catalonia election: Separatists win majority)

    Polls show up to 57 per cent of Catalans would vote yes to independence...

    The current Presidents Party lost seats but remains the largest single Party with 50 (down from 62) out of 135 total seats but "Overall, with 97 per cent of the vote counted Sunday, pro-independence parties secured 74 seats, making it likely that a Scottish style referendum would be held within four years." Catalonia poll: Spain's unity put to the test as voters take step towards independence - Telegraph

    What happens if they hold an independence referendum? It's illegal after all.

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    Catalan separatist Carles Puigdemont released from jail in Germany

    Puigdemont's 75,000 bail fee has been met and the former Catalan leader has left detention in Germany. He could still be extradited to Spain on charges of misusing state funds.

    Catalan separatist and the former head of the regional government Carles Puigdemont paid bail on Friday, allowing him to walk out of jail after he was arrested last month on a European warrant.

    After walking out of jail, Puigdemont called for the release of so-called political prisoners in Spain, notably those who were arrested for their involvement in the Catalan independence referendum.

    "I call for the immediate release for all of my colleagues still in Spanish prisons," he said in English. "It's a shame for Europe to still have political prisoners."

    "The time for dialogue has arrived," he declared, condemning the "violent and repressive response" the push for secession has received from the Spanish government.

    Puigdemont also thanked the German authorities for "their professionality and for their respect," and thanked his fellow inmates for "their solidarity and help for me to adapt quickly to the situation."

    Blow to Madrid

    Spanish authorities had issued an arrest warrant against Puigdemont for his involvement in a controversial Catalan independence referendum.

    In a blow to Spanish authorities, a German court on Wednesday refused to extradite him on charges of high treason, the closest German legal equivalent to Spain's most serious charge of rebellion.

    Extradition still on the table

    However, Puigdemont may yet face extradition on separate charges of misusing government funds during his time in office.

    The Schleswig prosecutor's office said Puigdemont was given an address in Germany, where he will reside until judges decide on Spain's extradition request.

    "No information will be provided about his current whereabouts," said prosecutors in a statement.

    At a press conference, a German government spokeswoman reiterated Berlin's position that it will not interfere in the judicial process, saying: "The proceedings are in the judiciary's hands."
    Blow to Madrid

    Spanish authorities had issued an arrest warrant against Puigdemont for his involvement in a controversial Catalan independence referendum.

    In a blow to Spanish authorities, a German court on Wednesday refused to extradite him on charges of high treason, the closest German legal equivalent to Spain's most serious charge of rebellion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ironduke View Post
    In a blow to Spanish authorities, a German court on Wednesday refused to extradite him on charges of high treason, the closest German legal equivalent to Spain's most serious charge of rebellion.
    The Spanish attorney in charge of the case previously rescinded the rebellion charge when Belgium refused to extradite him for the same too.

    Realistically, the charge is pretty much a non-starter under Spanish law, as - like the German High Treason counterpart - it requires inciting violence; the evidence presented for that is a construct that basically breaks apart from a single hard glance.

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