The expresident of the Generalitat, Carles Puigdemontsaid on Tuesday Berlin that the judicial process to the Catalan separatist leaders "is a stress test for Spanish democracy", and argued that justice "has the opportunity to rectify" and dictate the only sentence that he and his people consider just, "which is the absolution".
Puigdemont summoned the media at the headquarters of the delegation of the Government of the Generalitat in Berlin, located in the central Friedrichstrasse, where he read a statement with one of his lawyers, Gonzalo Boye, who also accused the Spanish courts of bias. "It has no legal basis, there are no criminal offenses," Boye said.
The role of Brussels
The expresident attacks the EU for being more concerned about what happens in Venezuela than for the Supreme Court trial
Puigdemont also attacked the European Union, asking "why the EU is more concerned about what happens in Venezuela than what happens today in Madrid, capital of one of the member states," and said that, in his opinion, " that is proof that Europe has to improve its democracy. "
Asked if it would be good news for him to call general elections and the possibility of winning the right, the expresident of the Generalitat replied that "Pablo Casado goes with a bottle of gasoline in his hand," Vox said of " Franco party "and noted that" the right and the far right are far from providing facilities. "
But that, although at first it seemed to him that the independentistas could be understood with the current socialist government of Pedro Sánchez, "we are on the same point" as with the previous conservative government of Mariano Rajoy. "He talks about the possibility of an independent rapporteur has generated a bestial crisis," he said. Puigdemont concluded that "the Sunday demonstration on the right and the extreme right in Madrid has been a huge failure, it has been a puncture", so he does not believe that they can win an eventual election.
Another reporter asked him if, given the situation, he should not return to Spain and face the trial as the defendants who decided to stay. Puigdemont, a fugitive in Belgium after spending several months in 2018 in Germany, replied that "there is a double judicial standard," and that the German and Belgian justices seem impartial, while the Spanish does not.
Back to Spain
Puigdemont reiterates that he will not return because there is a "double judicial standard", and because he believes that the German and Belgian justices are impartial and not the Spanish
Last year, the Higher Regional Court of Schleswig-Holstein authorized its delivery to Spain for an alleged offense of misappropriation of public funds, but not for those of rebellion and sedition, for which judge Pablo Llarena withdrew the euroorden. Since then, Carles Puigdemont resides in Waterloo. Asked about this newspaper, the expresident confirmed that he will follow the advice of his other lawyer, Jaume Alonso-Cuevillas, and will learn flamenco, "because the normal thing is to learn the language of the country where you live," he argued.
Carles Puigdemont and the other independence leaders who chose to withdraw from the court want to travel to cities in Europe to criticize a trial that, according to them, is "of a political nature" - as reiterated by Puigdemont in Berlin - and to try to discredit the reputation of Spanish democracy.
The expresident was seen on Monday afternoon at the Cinema For Peace, one of several events parallel to the Berlinale and attended the presentation of the Netflix documentary 'Two Catalonians'
In his lightning trip to Berlin, Carles Puigdemont was seen on Monday afternoon at the Cinema For Peace, one of several events parallel to the Berlinale, the Berlin film festival, these days in progress. The expresident attended the presentation of the Netflix documentary Two Catalonians, by Gerardo Olivares and Álvaro Longoria, and later participated in a gala dinner.
Although it was not officially planned, Carles Puigdemont took the stand to deliver the prize won by the documentary, which Longoria collected, since Olivares preferred not to attend the event. There Puigdemont gave a speech protesting his thesis.
The delegation of the Generalitat in Berlin, led by Marie Kapretz, reopened in September last year after having been closed months before in application of article 155 of the Constitution.