Germany: Ex-Catalan President Puigdemont hopes to return to Belgium

SOT,Journalist (English): «Meet politicians?» SOT, Carles Puigdemont, former Catalan president (English): «It's not now in my plans anything else but to restore normality and to continue to address to my people, Catalan people, German people, to continue to defend our collective rights and my personal rights.» Former Catalan President Carles Puigdemont said he will remain in Germany for the... Еще time being but hopes to return to Belgium at the end of the German legal proceedings, speaking at a conference in Berlin on Saturday, a day after his release from custody in Neumuenster. «I wish to remain... Well, my duty is to remain here in Germany till the end of the judicial process here. I want to be at disposal to the German authorities,» said Puigdemont. «When they ask me, is independence the only option, I answered: no. Independence is our proposal, especially after several attempts, but a thunderous one, especially after the sentence of 2010. It is our proposal, but we would like to hear the Spanish proposal,» he added. The German state court in Schleswig-Holstein has ruled that Puigdemont could be released on bail pending a decision on possible extradition to Spain, adding that the charges of rebellion do not apply, as the comparable German charge of treason specifies «violence.» Carles Puigdemont was detained in Germany on a European arrest warrant since March 25.

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