Puigdemont, who lives in Belgium and now holds a seat in the European Parliament, has been battling extradition to Spain. He and other Catalan leaders are accused of inciting the territory’s independence.
Puigdemont’s lawyer, Gonzalo Boye, said his client was detained when he arrived in Sardinia, where he will attend an event this weekend.
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The reason for Puigdemont’s detention was not immediately clear. Boye wrote on Twitter that the former regional president was being held under a 2019 European arrest warrant, although it had been suspended AP, Friday (24/9/2021).
Police at the airport in northern Sardinia did not answer phone calls late Thursday, while police in the city of Alghero said they were not aware of his detention.
The European Parliament voted in March to lift the immunity of Puigdemont and two of his colleagues. In July, three EU lawmakers failed to restore their immunity after the EU’s general court said they had not shown they were at risk of arrest.
Sardinian media reported earlier this week that Puigdemont would attend an event in Alghero on Sunday, so his presence on the Mediterranean island was to be expected. Sardinian media also reported that Puigdemont was invited by Sardinian pro-separatists.
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