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Germany: 'Free Puigdemont'- Banner demands outside Neumuenster correctional facility01:16

Germany: 'Free Puigdemont'- Banner demands outside Neumuenster correctional facility

Germany, Neumuenster
March 25, 2018 at 11:07 GMT +00:00 · Published

Protesters put up a banner outside Neumuenster correctional facility demanding the release of former President of Catalonia Carles Puigdemont who was moved to the facility after being taken into police custody in Schleswig-Holstein, as footage filmed on Sunday reveals.

Protesters later had to move the banner from the facility entrance to a nearby fence in accordance with facility personnel instructions.

According to the State Criminal Office in Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein's highway police detained Puigdemont shortly before noon.

The former Catalan president was stopped by police when he was crossing the German border from Denmark. Puigdemont was reportedly en route to Hamburg, from where he is believed to have intended to return to Belgium.

Puigdemont reportedly travelled with four other people, whose identities have not been disclosed, aboard a Renault Espace vehicle. The vehicle was driving on the A-7 motorway before it was intercepted at 11:17 local time (13:17 GMT) by the German police between the towns of Schuby and Jagel, some 30 kilometres (18,6 miles) south of the border between Germany and Denmark.

The exiled Catalan leader had lived in Brussels since he fled Spain after being dismissed by the Spanish government following the Catalan unilateral declaration of independence on October 27, 2017.

Puigdemont is facing up to 25 years in prison on charges of sedition, rebellion and misuse of public funds over his role in the push for the Catalan divorce from Spain.

The Spanish National Intelligence Centre (CNI) reportedly kept Puigdemont under surveillance since his arrival in Finland. An international arrest warrant for Puigdemont was re-activated by the Criminal Chamber of the Spanish Supreme Court on Friday when the exiled Catalan leader was visiting Finland.

Germany: 'Free Puigdemont'- Banner demands outside Neumuenster correctional facility01:16
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Protesters put up a banner outside Neumuenster correctional facility demanding the release of former President of Catalonia Carles Puigdemont who was moved to the facility after being taken into police custody in Schleswig-Holstein, as footage filmed on Sunday reveals.

Protesters later had to move the banner from the facility entrance to a nearby fence in accordance with facility personnel instructions.

According to the State Criminal Office in Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein's highway police detained Puigdemont shortly before noon.

The former Catalan president was stopped by police when he was crossing the German border from Denmark. Puigdemont was reportedly en route to Hamburg, from where he is believed to have intended to return to Belgium.

Puigdemont reportedly travelled with four other people, whose identities have not been disclosed, aboard a Renault Espace vehicle. The vehicle was driving on the A-7 motorway before it was intercepted at 11:17 local time (13:17 GMT) by the German police between the towns of Schuby and Jagel, some 30 kilometres (18,6 miles) south of the border between Germany and Denmark.

The exiled Catalan leader had lived in Brussels since he fled Spain after being dismissed by the Spanish government following the Catalan unilateral declaration of independence on October 27, 2017.

Puigdemont is facing up to 25 years in prison on charges of sedition, rebellion and misuse of public funds over his role in the push for the Catalan divorce from Spain.

The Spanish National Intelligence Centre (CNI) reportedly kept Puigdemont under surveillance since his arrival in Finland. An international arrest warrant for Puigdemont was re-activated by the Criminal Chamber of the Spanish Supreme Court on Friday when the exiled Catalan leader was visiting Finland.

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