Exiled former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont stated he would return to Belgium on Monday, however that he would return to Italy for a court docket listening to there on Spain’s extradition request.
Puigdemont, who had been arrested in Italy at Spain’s request over an independence referendum that Madrid dominated unlawful, was talking as he was allowed to stroll free from jail pending the October 4 extradition listening to.
“I plan to return to Brussels on Monday as a result of there’s a assembly of the international commerce committee, of which I’m a member,” he informed journalists within the Sardinian village of Algero.
“On October 4, I’m summoned to Sassari court docket (in northern Sardinia). “I’ll in truth attend, as a result of each time I’ve been summoned by the courts, I’ve introduced myself,” he added.
Puigdemont, a member of the European Parliament who fled Spain following the 2017 vote, had left jail within the Sardinian city of Sassari on Friday to cheers from supporters outdoors. He travelled to the Italian island to attend a Catalan folklore competition within the metropolis of Alghero.
The 58-year-old separatist chief had spent the night time there after being taken into custody the day earlier than, however his lawyer stated he had been informed he was free to depart.
“We’ll proceed combating. We’ll by no means hand over and I’ll proceed travelling round Europe,” Puigdemont informed a information convention in Alghero, the place he was accompanied by town’s mayor. “I will be again to Brussels on Monday”.
The separatist chief, who headed Catalonia’s authorities on the time of a vote on independence and has been in self-imposed exile in Belgium since, praised Rome for dealing with his case shortly, after Spain had demanded that Italy extradite Puigdemont.
“I’m pleased with the ultimate end result. As a result of our political and authorized arguments have been confirmed,” he stated. “The Italian justice took only some hours to make this choice.”
(FRANCE 24 with AFP & REUTERS)