Wednesday, October 27

The Constitutional Court endorses the arrest warrants against Puigdemont and his former councilors

The Constitutional Court has decided to endorse the validity of the national, European and international arrest warrants that weigh on Carles Puigdemont, Toni Comín, Lluís Puig and Clara Ponsatí. The judges reject the request for precautionary annulment of the three former members of the Government a few days after the Italian courts have decided to suspend the extradition process of Carles Puigdemont, arrested in Sardinia on September 23.

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The arrest warrants, in force both inside and outside our borders, were issued by Judge Pablo Llarena at the end of 2019 after the Supreme Court issued a ruling on the procés for independence. The investigator of the case decided to issue a new arrest warrant against the former Catalan identity but this time for crimes of sedition and embezzlement after the sentence ruled out the rebellion defended by the Prosecutor’s Office.

The judges of the Constitutional Court now understand that these arrest warrants must remain in place and reject the request for precautionary suspension of Puigdemont and the rest of those required. “It is considered that that decision was respectful of the right to effective judicial protection of the appellant in amparo, and did not violate his right to precautionary protection because the Court simultaneously opened a separate piece of precautionary measures subject to a contradictory procedure”, says the court of guarantees.

The decision of the Constitutional Court applies both to the implementation of these arrest warrants of October 2019 as well as to their subsequent confirmations. In previous decisions this year, judges had validated, for example, orders in force within our borders.

The validity of the European arrest warrants has been up for debate in recent days after Carles Puigdemont was arrested in Sardinia on 23 September. The Italian judges understood that the expresident had been correctly detained by an order in force, although a few days later they decided to suspend the delivery process until the Court of Justice of the European Union resolved a preliminary question raised by Judge Llarena himself.

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