A court in Germany has rejected a fresh call from prosecutors to have Catalonia's former President Carles Puigdemont back into custody pending a decision on his extradition to Spain, where he has led a controversial movement for the independence of Catalonia.
A German court said on Monday it was likely to take several days to decide whether to extradite former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont to Spain to face rebellion charges over the region's campaign for independence.
Members of Catalonia’s parliament have again defied calls by the central Spanish government to ban the former president of the region, Carles Puigdemont, from taking office, saying he is their legitimate leader.
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has called on lawmakers in the northeastern Catalonia region to replace former secessionist leader Carles Puigdemont with someone who respects Madrid’s authority and the rule of law.
Catalonia's parliament speaker on Tuesday postponed a session intended to reelect the region's fugitive ex-president, saying the planned meeting would not take place until there were guarantees Spanish authorities "won't interfere".
The Catalan parliament on Monday proposed Carles Puigdemont as candidate for president, dealing a blow to central government efforts to derail an independence movement that has plunged Spain into political crisis.