Ex-Catalan Minister Gives Herself up to Edinburgh Police

Ex-Catalan Minister Gives Herself up to Edinburgh Police

Ex-Catalan Minister Gives Herself up to Edinburgh Police

'Clara remains defiant and resolute and believes that the Spanish Government will never be able to crush the spirit of the Catalan people'.

Ponsati is due to appear at an initial extradition hearing at Edinburgh Sheriff Court later Wednesday.

"She submits that Spain has not followed due process and can not guarantee the independence of the judiciary and has repeatedly abused the human rights of the Catalan people".

"The last few days have been hard, and Clara knows that there is a long road ahead, but she is truly humbled by the hundreds of thousands who have supported her [and] contributed to the legal fund, and also wishes to thank the Scottish Government".

Puigdemont's arrest on Sunday sparked a riot in Barcelona that led about 100 people to seek medical attention and prompted sporadic protests including blockades of Catalan highways.

But she arrived in Scotland in March and has said she will fight any attempt to return her to Spain.

An online campaign to raise funds for Ponsati's extradition battle was launched earlier on Wednesday, and within three hours had raised more than $127,000 (£90,000 or 102,000 euros).

Those facing charges of rebellion could be jailed for up to 25 years if convicted.

The sovereignty debate in Catalonia is one of many now raging in countries across the globe.

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He was travelling from Denmark to Belgium where he has been living in self-imposed exile since last October. He is being held in prison pending an extradition hearing in a German court.

Uriel Roig, coordinator of ANC Scotland, the Scottish branch of the Catalan National Assembly (ANC), told CommonSpace following the announcement of Ponsati's release on bail: "We are glad she has been released, of course".

He said the charges of violence and corruption mentioned in the warrant were unsupported.

"The only people that should be held responsible for the brutal violence was the Spanish police and the 6000 state security forces who attacked the Catalan people on behalf of the Spanish Government". The detentions formed part of an investigation into a crime of concealment, police said on Twitter.

The Catalan parliament passed a symbolic motion on Wednesday affirming the right of Puigdemont to be re-elected to his old job.

The declaration had the support of separatist parties Junts per Catalunya, Esquerra Republicana and the CUP, who together won a slim majority of votes in a December regional election.

Prof Ponsati could be jailed for up to 30 years but her lawyer says she views the charges as "political persecution".

"The Spanish justice system's interference has forced him (Puigdemont) to provisionally renounce his candidacy but we will not give up", Gemma Geis, regional parliament member of Junts per Catalunya, said.

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