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A court official in Germany says that former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont's release from prison is conditioned on his remaining in Germany while extradition proceedings continue and reporting to police once a week. The statement also said that a comparable crime in the German law might be that of "high treason", but in that case it would not be suitable as it lacks the requirement of "violence".

"[Puigdemont] always said that he had full confidence in the German judiciary", his Barcelona-based lawyer Jaime Alonso-Cuevillas tweeted.

Puigdemont was imprisoned in Neumünster after being arrested at his entry to Germany through the border with Denmark, following an order given by the court of that city to keep him in prison and avoid his escape.

Authorities will separately rule whether he can be extradited on the lesser charge.

"There is a risk of flight", the court found in its explanation of its decision to grant bail.

Puigdemont entered Germany on his way back from Finland to Belgium, where he is living in self-imposed exile.


The Spanish government was not immediately able to comment.

In the mean-time, the court set bail at €75,000.

The official, who spoke under customary anonymity, said "Spanish justice will adopt the appropriate measures in the face of these new circumstances".

Puigdemont had proposed Sanchez - his No. 2 in the Together for Catalonia party - last month, but Spain's Supreme Court refused to free him to attend a parliamentary session.

However, the court disagreed Thursday, saying Puigdemont can't be extradited for rebellion.

Judge Carmen Lamela of Spain's National Court [official website, in Spanish] on Wednesday charged [charges, PDF, in Spanish] the former Catalan chief of police, Josep Lluís Trapero, with sedition [penal code, in Spanish] for his role in the 2017 independence referendum [JURIST report].


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