Fugitive ex-Catalan leader Puigdemont held by German police

2018-03-25 13:17
Catalan former leader Carles Puigdemont. (Manu Fernandez, AP, file)

Catalan former leader Carles Puigdemont. (Manu Fernandez, AP, file)

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The lawyer for fugitive former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont says that he is being held by German police.

Jaume Alonso-Cuevillas has confirmed to The Associated Press that German police stopped Puigdemont on Sunday when he was crossing the border to enter from Denmark. He says Puigdemont is at a police station.

READ: Belgium studying Spanish warrant for ex-Catalan leader

Alonso-Cuevillas says Puigdemont was on his way back to Belgium where he has been staying since fleeing Spain following a failed bid by his regional government in October to declare independence from Spain.

A Spanish Supreme Court judge reactivated an international arrest warrant for Puigdemont on Friday when he was visiting Finland.

Arrest warrants have also been issued for five other Catalan separatists.

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