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Germany moves to formally end Puigdemont extradition case

Germany moves to formally end Puigdemont extradition case

Spain has withdrawn the European arrest warrant for former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont, German prosecutors have said, bringing extradition proceedings against the separatist leader close to a formal conclusion.

Prosecutors in Schleswig said they have asked a state court to formally end the proceedings.

On Thursday, a Spanish supreme court judge dropped extradition requests for Puigdemont and five other politicians wanted on rebellion charges for promoting independence for Catalonia.

Puigdemont was arrested in Germany in March as he travelled from Finland to Belgium, where he fled from Spain last year.

He was freed on condition that he that he report regularly to German police and not leave the country without prosecutors’ permission. He has said he wants to return to Belgium.

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