Carles Puigdemont He will not be extradited to Spain for the moment. As OKDIARIO has advanced in scoop, the former Catalan president has been released this Monday from the Court of Appeal of Sàsser waiting for the Court of Justice of the European Union to pronounce on his assessment. The judge Plinia Azzena who has taken a statement from him, after being arrested on September 23 in Sardinia, has chosen not to file the case or to agree to the petition for Pablo Llarena, and will not make a final decision until the European courts take sides on the precautionary measures that Puigdemont’s defense has requested.
The magistrate has thus signed the request of the Italian Prosecutor’s Office that during the hearing had requested to suspend the decision. The magistrate could do this, shelve the matter as Belgium did or proceed with the immediate extradition of the former Catalan president. This is a position similar to that adopted by Germany at the time, after arresting Puigdemont in the town of Neumünster. On that occasion, he was prohibited from leaving the country until the courts agreed that they were willing to hand him over to Spain for embezzlement but not for sedition, a proposal that Llarena rejected.
The former president’s Italian lawyer Agostinangelo Marras He has declared his satisfaction upon leaving the Court. The lawyer and the team that defends Carles Puigdemont hope that the European courts, now, will agree with them and that will shelve the Italian process. If Europe maintains immunity to the MEP in preliminary rulings, the Euroorder in Italy will decline permanently. If, on the other hand, he accepts Pablo Llarena’s argument and confirms that his assessment is suspended, it would facilitate his delivery to the Spanish authorities.
Discord over immunity
The procedural situation that Puigdemont has today is the one that focuses all the controversy and the one that has led to the magistrate Plinia Azzena to opt for this conservative and prudential stance. His defense, exercised by Gonzalo boye, maintains that the independence leader enjoys immunity due to his status as a European parliamentarian. A thesis signed by the State Bar, which depends on Pedro Sanchez, but nevertheless denied by the Supreme Court. The high court, in several writings sent to the Italian justice, maintains that the arrest warrants against Puigdemont, Toni Comín and Clara Ponsatí they are still in force and that on the basis of them they should be made available to the Spanish justice system.