The Italian court has decided to release Carles Puigdemont, as sources of his defense explain to elDiario.es. The Catalan expresident, who was arrested yesterday at the Sardinia airport by the European order issued by the Supreme Court in 2019, will later appear before the judges, who will have to decide whether to proceed with his extradition process to Spain.
The arrest of Puigdemont, pending how the European Justice ruling on his immunity is interpreted
His chief of staff, Josep Lluís Alay, affirms that the former president has promised not to do so when asked by the judge. His lawyer also commented to journalists leaving the appeal court that Puigdemont has promised not to leave the island.
Puigdemont was brought before the judges of the Sassari court of appeal this morning after being stopped yesterday at nine o’clock in the evening at the airport in Sardinia. The expresident was on his way to participate in an event organized by the Alghero trustee when he was arrested by the Italian border police. The Prosecutor’s Office has not requested his admission to prison.
The first decision that the Italian judges will have to make will be to determine whether the extradition process continues or not. Puigdemont’s defense alleges that European courts have yet to dictate a ruling on your immunity Parliament and on a preliminary ruling question raised by Judge Pablo Llarena himself and that, therefore, we must wait for this matter to be settled.
The magistrate of the Supreme Court does not think the same. This same Friday he addressed his Italian colleagues to ensure that his arrest warrant not affected by those processes. “The judicial procedure from which the euro order derives is active and pending the capture of the defendants in rebellion,” he assured today in an official letter. The processing of this question for a preliminary ruling, he states, “does not modify the current situation of the procedure, without prejudice to the fact that it must conform to the interpretation of European law, and on the strict questions raised, made by the CJEU” .