Puigdemont, from prison in Germany: “I will not give up”
Carles Puigdemont during a meeting with members of his party in Brussels, on March 14, 2018
The former Catalan regional president Carles Puigdemont, arrested in Germany and accused of rebellion in Spain, warned on Saturday that he will not “give up,” in a message posted on his Twitter account.
“Let everyone be clear: I will not give up, I will not resign, I will not withdraw before the illegitimate action of those who have lost at the polls or the arbitrariness of those who are willing to pay the price of abandoning the rule of law and justice for the sake of of the ‘unity of the fatherland’ “, said the message, which alludes without naming it to the conservative government of Mariano Rajoy.
The text was written by the team of Puigdemont, because right now all their profiles on social networks are managed by their collaborators, as warned in another tweet published in your account on March 28, three days after your arrest in Germany.
The former Catalan leader was arrested on Sunday, March 25, in northern Germany when he was traveling by car from Finland and headed to Brussels, under a euroorder issued by the Spanish justice system.
Puigdemont had settled in the Belgian capital days after the unsuccessful unilateral declaration of independence formulated in the Catalan regional Parliament on October 27. Hours after this one, it was ceased with all its government by the central executive of Rajoy, that for it it was protected in the article 155 of the Spanish Constitution.
The former secessionist leader, imprisoned in Neumünster (north of Germany), is now awaiting an extradition process to Spain, where he is accused of embezzlement of public funds and rebellion, a charge this last convicted with up to 30 years in prison.
Apart from him, other nine prominent independentistas, among them six members of his dismissed executive, are in preventive prison in Spain within the framework of the same cause, instructed by the Supreme Court.