“I plan to return to Brussels on Monday because there is a meeting of the Foreign Trade Committee (of the European Parliament), of which I am a member,” said the ex-president of Catalonia during a press conference in Alghero, Sardinia. “On October 4, I was summoned to the court in Sassari. I will indeed be present, because each time I have been summoned by the courts, I have introduced myself, ”he assured.
Carles Puigdemont, 58, MEP since 2019, was arrested Thursday evening on his arrival at Alghero airport, where he was to participate in the Catalan Adifolk festival. He was released on Friday evening after pledging to be present on October 4 for a hearing on his extradition to Spain.
Determined to continue traveling in Europe
Spanish justice accuses him of “sedition” and “embezzlement of public funds”.
Carles Puigdemont also made it known that he would continue to travel in Europe, defying Madrid and the European arrest warrant which has earned him regular legal setbacks on the continent for almost two years. “We will never give up and I will continue to travel to Europe,” he assured.
His arrest and then his release 24 hours later by the Italian justice “prove”, according to him, the fight of the Catalan separatists for “freedom, democracy, the defense of the right to self-determination, freedom of expression, freedom of movement “.
According to his Italian lawyer Agostinangelo Marras, the decision on his extradition could take “weeks”.
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