The Supreme Court judge, Pablo Llarena, has again addressed the Italian judges to demand the surrender of Carles Puigdemont. The investigating magistrate of the procés case has sent additional information several days after his arrest at the Sardinian airport and insists that the European arrest warrant that weighs on him was not suspended due to the existence of a preliminary question pending resolution.
Llarena informs the Italian court that the process against Puigdemont is not paralyzed
Llarena recalls that he has never stopped this arrest warrant. “After the presentation of the Prejudicial Issue, this investigating magistrate, in exercise of the jurisdictional power contained in Recommendation 25, has not issued any decision that modifies or suspends the precautionary measure,” he recalls in this communication. He also understands that the Catalan former president is not protected by any parliamentary immunity: “The European Parliament withdrew Carles Puigdemont’s immunity by decision of March 8, 2021,” he recalls.
Carles Puigdemont was arrested last week at the Italian airport in Sardinia from Belgium. The Italian court in charge of his case decided to release him without precautionary measures and to summon him again to appear on 4 October. Meanwhile, the former identity has been able to leave Italy to go to the European Parliament without any restrictions.
Judge Llarena already communicated last week to his Sardinian counterparts that he considered that the European arrest warrant was still in force and that Puigdemont’s extradition process should continue. This Thursday he expanded the information submitted and insisted on this idea: what is suspended is his parliamentary immunity and not the arrest warrant, despite the preliminary question presented by himself.