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Former Catalan Leader Charles Puigdemont Released on Bail in Germany

• themaven.net by Mike Mish Shedlock

After a German court decision freed Puigdemont on bail, the Former Catalan Leader Calls for 'Dialogue' with Madrid.

Former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont wasted no time restarting his campaign against Madrid on Friday after he was released on bail from prison in Germany, where he had been detained pending a decision on an extradition request from Spain.

Speaking at the gates of the Neumünster prison, Puigdemont called for all Catalan "political prisoners" to be released and demanded that the Spanish authorities engage in "political dialogue" with Catalan leaders.

"It's a shame for Europe to still have political prisoners," he added, criticizing the Spanish authorities' "violent and repressive response" to the Catalan independence push.

Spain's Supreme Court had issued a European Arrest Warrant against Puigdemont on charges of rebellion and misuse of public funds as part of an investigation into last year's secession attempt in the region, which led to the Catalan leader's arrest in Germany last month. In total, 25 Catalan leaders have been indicted in the case.

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