Germany’s steps to decide whether to extradite Puigdemont

Puigdemont’s arrest in Germany has opened a judicial process for which German authorities have to study the European Order of Detention and Delivery. To decide whether or not to extradite the former Catalan president to Spain, they have a maximum period of two months, which can be extended to 90 days in extraordinary cases.

The crimes Puigdemont is accused of would correspond to even stricter penalties in German law, up until life-long imprisonment. An investigation is now opened to determine whether Germany should deliver Puigdemont to Spain after he was accused of rebellion and embezzlement by Supreme Court Judge Pablo Llarena last Friday.

Carles Puigdemont was detained on Sunday in Germany on an international arrest warrant, dragging Germany into Spain’s dispute and finally involving Europe more in the conflict.

Puigdemont was traveling by car to Belgium from Finland and was arrested soon after crossing the border with Denmark. His driver was an out-of-service Mossos guard.

The so-called Euro order includes 32 crimes, such as terrorism, drug trafficking or human trafficking and can be issued by any Spanish judge. Since in Germany there are similar crimes of rebellion it is more likely that Germany will agree to comply with the Euro order.

Puigdemont’s lawyer, Paul Bekaert, states that his strategy is to challenge any request for extradition by demonstrating that the penalties are disproportionate and fundamental rights are at risk.

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