The court of the German federal state Schleswig-Holstein has ruled to release former Catalan President Carles Puigdemont on bail in the sum of 75,000 Euro (about $92,000) for the duration of extradition hearings.
Spain has requested to extradite ex-Catalan leader, however, German state court says that only corruption charges against Puigdemont may be a potential basis for his extradition to Spain. The judge rejects Spain's main accusations of rebellion, as in Germany the treason charge implies the use of violence. The court added that it also finds no reason to believe that ex-Catalan leader risks persecution in Spain.
Madrid accuses the politician of embezzling more than 1.5 million euros by proclaiming an illegal independence referendum in the rebellious region of Catalonia on October 1. Puigdemont's bid to separate Catalonia from Spain is considered by the Spanis authorities as a rebellion.
In October 2017, over 90 percent of the 2.26 million Catalans who participated in the vote, supported the autonomous region's secession from Spain. Madrid dubbed the referendum illegal and subsequently imposed direct rule over the autonomous region and dismissed its government. Puigdemont fled to Belgium to avoid arrest, whereas several ministers of the former Catalan government were detained.