Puigdemont will be extradited to Spain to face corruption charges

Deposed Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont, who fled to Belgium after a ‘Spainexit’ bid last October and was detained in Germany on March 25 this year, may soon be extradited to Madrid for alleged corruption and not rebellion, agencies report. The extradition order for Puigdemont will soon be approved by the attorney general of the German state of Schleswig-Holstein, a spokesperson told dpa. A court in the northern German city of Schleswig on Thursday ruled that Puigdemont could be extradited on charges of misappropriation of public funds, but rejected a separate charge of rebellion. Puigdemont has been on bail since April after a court ruled that he could not be extradited for high treason as he had not caused or instigated violence. Madrid wants Puigdemont to return to Spain so he can face trial for alleged rebellion, which carries a sentence of up to 30 years. The German court on Thursday noted that European legal practice stipulates that the receiving country can try the accused only on the charges approved in the extradition. This means Spain could not continue legal proceedings against Puigdemont on rebellion charges after his return from Germany.