German prosecutors are seeking the extradition of former Catalan President Carles Puigdemont to Spain, Reuters has reported.
Prosecutors concluded that Spain’s extradition request was valid because accusations of rebellion included carrying out an anti-constitutional referendum. “This has a comparable equivalent in German law,” a statement from prosecutors declared.
The Higher Regional Court in Schleswig-Holstein will decide on the extradition. Puigdemont will remain in custody until a ruling is returned.
"At the moment, it is too early to say when a decision by the Senate for Criminal Matters on the application for the extradition arrest warrant may be expected," the court's statement said.
The former leader is being held at a detention center in Neumuenster following his arrest more than a week ago. Puigdemont was detained upon entering Germany, on his way back to Belgium, after a visit to Finland.
The ex-Catalan president fled Spain five months ago, for Belgium, after Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy dismissed his regional administration and imposed direct rule on Catalonia.
Puigdemont will face charges of rebellion over the’s ill-fated independence campaign.
The charges he faces could lead to up to 25 years behind bars.