German court allows extradition of former Catalonia leader Carles Puigdemont

The more serious charge of rebellion is not recognised under German law which means that Spain would not be able to try Mr Puigdemont on this charge

That would mean if Puigdemont is extradited he can only stand trial in Spain on corruption charges, said a spokeswoman for the higher court in the northern German state of Schleswig-Holstein.

A court in Germany ruled on Thursday that deposed Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont can be extradited to Spain only on the charge of misusing public funds and not on the more serious charge of rebellion.

Catalonia's deposed leader Carles Puigdemont said on Thursday he and other separatists would "fight until the end" after a German court made a decision to allow his extradition, but not on the severe charge of rebellion demanded by a Spanish judge.

Mr Puigdemont went into exile in Belgium after Madrid sacked him and his government for unilaterally declaring independence for Catalonia...

The charge of rebellion is not recognized in Germany and the court said related German statutes such as that against treason did not apply, because his actions "did not rise to this kind of violence".

"We have defeated the main lie upheld by the state [Spain]".

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The current Catalan regional premier, Quim Torra, a hard-line supporter of Catalan independence, was quick to voice his reaction to the news via Twitter. "German justice denies that the October 1 referendum was rebellion", Puigdemont tweeted following the court decision.

Rebellion carries a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison, while misuse of public funds carries up to 12 years.

"He was not a "spiritual leader" of violence", the court said in a statement.

A second charge of rebellion did not warrant an extradition from Germany to Spain, the court ruled.

"However, in authorising Mr Puigdemont's extradition for the offence of misuse of public funds, it seems that the German court rejected, or was unable to consider, whether extradition should be refused on the basis that the prosecution was politically motivated".

"Catalan political prisoners should be freed NOW", he said. Other Catalan politicians are facing the same charge, such as Oriol Junqueras, the former leader of the Catalan Republican Left (ERC) and one-time deputy regional premier. "We will win in Europe", Torra tweeted.

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