By Deirdre Tynan • 05 October 2021 • 9:25
An Italian court has suspended proceedings against exiled ex-Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont pending the outcome of an EU ruling.
Puigdemont, the former president of Catalonia and a member of the European Union parliament, was briefly arrested in Sardinia in September. He had been invited to attend a Catalan cultural event and a meeting of independence sympathisers on the Mediterranean island.
At a hearing on October 4 his legal team said Puigdemont has immunity as a member of the European Parliament. His immunity was lifted earlier this year, but Puigdemont has appealed.
His arrest is the result of the active search and capture order that had been issued by Judge Pablo Llarena on October 29, 2017.
Puigdemont fled Spain for exile in Belgium in 2017 after he declared Catalan independence. “The arrest of Puigdemont is due to an ongoing judicial procedure that applies to any citizen in the European Union, who must answer for his actions before the courts,” the government of Spain insists.
Puigdemont says the charges against him are politically motivated.
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Deirdre Tynan is an award-winning journalist who enjoys bringing the best in news reporting to Spain’s largest English-language newspaper, Euro Weekly News. She has previously worked at The Mirror, Ireland on Sunday and for news agencies, media outlets and international organisations in America, Europe and Asia. A huge fan of British politics and newspapers, Deirdre is equally fascinated by the political scene in Madrid and Sevilla. She moved to Spain in 2018 and is based in Jaen.
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