Category: Spain

12th Oct 2021

Italian Court delays decision on Puigdemont extradition

  On 4th October 2021, Carles Puigdemont, former regional President of Catalonia, and leader of the Catalonian separatist movement, was released from a court in Sardinia, having been arrested, pursuant to a European Arrest Warrant (‘EAW’) issued in 2017, and detained in September 2020 by Italian police. Mr. Puigdemont is wanted by the Spanish authorities […]

7th Jul 2021

CASE SUMMARY: Blanchard v Spain [2021] EWHC 1776 (Admin): Incoherence is still a bar to extradition

  Background facts The appellant Requested Person (‘RP’) appealed against the decision of the District Judge to order his extradition to Spain pursuant to an accusation European Arrest Warrant (‘EAW’) for offences relating to his alleged involvement in a criminal enterprise which was engaged in fraud and money laundering. The appellant had a chequered history […]

6th May 2021

Former Catalan minister challenges European Parliament immunity decision

  Lawyers for former Catalan education minister and St Andrews academic Professor Carla Ponsati have stated their intention to challenge the decision of the European Parliament to remove Professor Ponsati’s immunity as an MEP. Appearing before Edinburgh’s Sheriff Court on 4 May 2021, Professor Ponsati’s legal team argued that no date should be fixed for […]

8th Aug 2020

Belgian court refuses extradition of ex-Catalan minister

A Belgian court yesterday refused the Spanish government’s request for the extradition of ex-Catalan culture minister Lluis Puig on charges of misusing public funds in the organisation of an outlawed independence referendum. Mr Puig has been in exile in Brussels since fleeing Spain in October 2017 with other Catalan secessionist politicians fearing arrest for their […]

16th Jul 2020

Egypt requests extradition of dissident from Spain

Egypt is seeking the extradition of a political dissident who last year published videos online criticising President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s regime and exposing high-level government corruption. Mohamed Ali, a former construction magnate with 15 years’ experience working with Egypt’s media, has been in self-imposed exile in northern Spain since 2018, where he is fighting to […]

3rd Jan 2020

Belgian court suspends extradition of ex-Catalan leader Puigdemont

A Brussels court has ordered the suspension of Carles Puigdemont’s extradition to Spain. The judge also suspended the arrest warrant issued against former Catalan cabinet member Toni Comin. The pair’s immunity as Members of the European Parliament (‘MEPs’)was cited as a ground for the suspension by the court. The former Catalan pro-independence leader is wanted […]

14th Nov 2019

Carvajal missing in Spain following grant of permission to extradite

Following the reversal of a Spanish court’s decision to refuse the extradite Major General Hugo Carvajal to the US on charges of drug trafficking, authorities have been unable to locate him. On 16 September 2019 Spain’s highest criminal court (“Audiencia National”) rejected the US request, declaring it to be politically motivated, and ordered his release. […]

6th Nov 2019

Spain renews attempts to extradite former Catalan politicians

Former Catalan leader, Carles Puigdemont, and former Catalan politician and scholar, Clara Ponsati, are fighting renewed Spanish extradition requests to Belgium and Scotland respectively. The renewed warrants were issued last month by the Spanish Supreme Court following the conviction of several other Catalan separatist leaders in the Spanish Supreme Court. Mr Puigdemont is wanted in […]

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