Germany: Puigdemont taken into police custody after crossing Danish border

Former President of Catalonia Carles Puigdemont was taken into police custody, as footage filmed in the German municipality of Schuby in Schleswig-Holstein on Sunday shows. Footage shows a van allegedly carrying Puigdemont departing a highway police station and heading to Neumuenster. According to the State Criminal Office in Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein's highway police detained Puigdemont... Еще shortly before noon. The former Catalan president was stopped by police when he was crossing the German border from Denmark. Puigdemont was reportedly en route to Hamburg, from where he is believed to have intended to return to Belgium. Puigdemont reportedly travelled with four other people, whose identities have not been disclosed, aboard a Renault Espace vehicle. The vehicle was driving on the A-7 motorway before it was intercepted at 11:17 local time (13:17 GMT) by the German police between the towns of Shuby and Jagel, some 30 kilometres (18,6 miles) south of the border between Germany and Denmark. The exiled Catalan leader had lived in Brussels since he fled Spain after being dismissed by the Spanish government following the Catalan unilateral declaration of independence on October 27, 2017. Puigdemont is facing up to 25 years in prison on charges of sedition, rebellion and misuse of public funds over his role in the push for the Catalan divorce from Spain. The Spanish National Intelligence Centre (CNI) reportedly kept Puigdemont under surveillance since his arrival in Finland. An international arrest warrant for Puigdemont was re-activated by the Criminal Chamber of the Spanish Supreme Court on Friday when the exiled Catalan leader was visiting Finland.

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