An Italian court in Sardinia suspends proceedings against former Catalan prime minister Carles Puigdemont. The court in Sassari said it would resume the trial after the judges of the European Union issued a ruling specifying whether Carles Puigdemont was protected by the immunity of an MEP.
The Court of Appeal in Sassari, Sardinia, on Monday suspended proceedings against former Catalan prime minister Carles Puigdemont, who is being extradited by Spain. The judges explained that they would wait for the judgment of the General Court of the European Union. In the justification of its decision, the court in Sassari stated that it would resume the trial after the issuing of a ruling by EU judges specifying whether or not Carles Puigdemont is protected by the immunity of an MEP.
The Sardinian court indicated that although in March members of the European Parliament deprived Puigdemont of the MEP’s immunity, the Catalan politician appealed against this decision.
Spain urges Italy to extradite Puigdemont
Meanwhile, on Monday, the Supreme Court of Spain ordered the Italian judiciary to detain and extradite two other separatist politicians to Madrid who fled Puigdemont to Belgium in 2017: Clara Ponsati and Antoni Comin. Both MEPs, whose immunity was lifted in March by the EP, traveled to Sassari on Monday to support the former Catalan prime minister. Down Puigdemont’s detention in Sardinia came on 23 September shortly after his landing at Alghero airport, where he was arrested on the basis of an international arrest warrant issued by the Supreme Court of Madrid. He wants to try the former Catalan prime minister for organizing an illegal independence referendum in the region on October 1, 2017. In March 2018, Puigdemont was arrested in Germany, but the judicial authorities there did not agree to all the charges against the Catalan separatist. Soon the Spanish authorities withdrew from Puigdemont’s extradition procedure.
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