The two agents of the Mossos d’Esquadra who were with the former president of the Generalitat Carles Puigdemont when he was arrested in Germany in 2018 have assured in the trial that they picked him up in Stockholm (Sweden) to accompany him to Belgium, where “he was going to surrender “and that they thought they weren’t committing a crime.
The National Court has started this Tuesday the trial of these two mossos who traveled with Puigdemont on the way through several northern European countries until he was arrested on the border between Germany and Denmark on March 25, 2018, two days after the reactivation of the Euro arrest warrant against him that the Supreme Court decreed.
The two agents, who were arrested upon arrival in Spanish territory, are accused of a cover-up crime for which the Prosecutor’s Office asks for three years in prison and as many disqualification for each, reports EFE. According to the prosecutor, Carlos de Pedro L. and Xavier G. traveled to Waterloo (Belgium) on March 19, 2018 during a work permit and five days later “an unidentified person” asked them to pick up Puigdemont by car. they did in Stockholm.
Neither of them has wanted to answer the prosecutor’s questions and, in response to their lawyer, they have reported that they traveled to Waterloo on their days off. There, as they have explained, they carried out “day-to-day tasks” in the house of the former identity, such as “assembling furniture or shopping”, but “they never” worked for him as bodyguards.
Both have agreed when recounting how after five days they were asked to pick up Puigdemont, who had participated in a conference in Helsinki. It was March 23 and the Supreme Court magistrate Pablo Llarena had reactivated the euro order against him for his involvement in the process.
“They told us that their lawyers and the Belgian Prosecutor’s Office had agreed to surrender,” remarked Carlos de Pedro L. He then detailed that they picked up Puigdemont in Stockholm and traveled with him in the car he used to use. “We follow the trajectory that the GPS marked us, we do not try to hide ourselves”, they have asserted in court.
The expresident and his companions crossed Sweden and Denmark and it was at the entrance border to Germany that a control stopped them. The two mossos have explained that they asked for their documentation and, when they identified Puigdemont, they proceeded to arrest him due to the Euro order that was in force.
“We were aware that it could happen in any of the countries, but we did not hide at any time. We did not change cars at the borders and we did not go through secondary roads, we followed the fastest,” said Carlos de Pedro L., who at that time he was part of the Citizen Security unit of the Mossos d’Esquadra.
Xavier G., a member of the Sabadell (Barcelona) bodyguard unit, said that they were asked if they were armed. “We said no and they let us continue quietly with the car without inspecting the luggage or stopping the engine,” he said. After being detained, Puigdemont spent 13 days in Neumünster prison until a German court released him on bail and later closed the extradition proceedings against him.
Unlike the majority of members of the Government that he headed, he has not been tried and the General Court of the European Union has provisionally suspended the lifting of his immunity as a MEP. Judge Llarena, for his part, is waiting for the Court of Justice of the EU to respond to the preliminary ruling that he posed about the scope of the possibilities of issuing and denying a Euro order, and then deciding whether to maintain, withdraw or issue a new one against him.