The flight of Puigdemont and the judicial maneuvers with which he had escaped from justice since 2017

The flight of Carles Puigdemont to Europe began shortly after the Government's decision of Mariano Rajoy to apply Article 155 of the Constitution and take cont

The flight of Puigdemont and the judicial maneuvers with which he had escaped from justice since 2017

The flight of Carles Puigdemont to Europe began shortly after the Government's decision of Mariano Rajoy to apply Article 155 of the Constitution and take control of the Generalitat of Catalonia. It is October 30, 2017, before the fear of being detained, the former Catalan president leaves Spain at night camouflaged in a car with the help of a small group of Mossos d'Esquadra who continue to escort. He travels at dawn from Sant Julià de Ramis (Girona), where he has spent the weekend with his family, to Marseille, raising border controls.

In the French city meets with a group of ex-advisors, among which are Toni ate, Joaquim Forn, pains Bassa and Lluís Puig. They take a plane from the Ryanair company to Brussels. At the same time, other members of his Government come to his workplace on Monday in the Generalitat thinking that Puigdemont would attend, to offer an image of normality and subtract value to 155. In fact, Puigdemont hangs on his social networks an image of the Palau of the Generalitat. There, a group of employees were waiting for him to receive him between applause. From the flight of him, only a sergeant of the Mossos, the woman of him, Marcela Topor, and the businessman and personal friend of Puigdemont Josep Maria Matamala, were buried.

The first weeks at Belgium Puigdemont will take refuge at a peripheral hotel that will use to star its press chairs and maintain the public challenge to the Spanish government. Subsequently, and after receiving the economic aid of friends and the Generalitat itself, he fixes the headquarters of him in a mansion of the Belgian town of Waterloo, where he has stayed so far. In those first weeks of his escape and expected that the Judge of the Supreme Court Pablo Llarena Moviero, Puigdemont feeds the idea that he can move with tranquility in Europe and starts a kind of cat game and the mouse with Spanish justice, Advisory by your lawyer Gonzalo Boye. On November 5 Puigdemot appears before a judge in Brussels that leaves him in freedom with charges, along with the other Fuidos Consellers. On December 21 he is the head of JXCAT poster in the Catalan elections.

Convinced of its immunity, on March 18, 2018 Puigdemont participates in Geneva at a political film festival. And on March 23, 2018 he travels to Helsinki to provide a conference, wrapped by Finnish deputy Mikko Karna. The intention of him is to continue reporting internationally the "attack" of the Spanish State to Catalan democracy. The forecast of the independence leader was to leave two days after the Nordic country, but soon arriving, the Finnish police receive a European arrest warrant for Llarena on March 23. This is issued after he processed by rebellion to Government members who starred in the 1-o and that remained in Catalonia, such as Oriol Junquerras.

After knowing this decision of the Supreme, Puigdemont's lawyers publicly announce that he will be held before Finnish justice voluntarily. It was a maneuver of distraction, because the leader of JXCAT flees from the country by car through Denmark. On March 26, a group of the CNI, coordinated with the German police, who had Puigdemont's car under surveillance - a Renault Espace with Belgian enrollment - from Finland, stops at 11.30, between the towns of Shuby and Jagel, In the state of Schleswig-Holstein, the only one with a border with Denmark. Puigdemont was heading to Belgium to make available to the judicial authorities of the country. The arrest of it causes a violent reaction in the streets of Barcelona. The serious disturbances will last several days.

Retained in a German prison of pneumuenster, on April 6, the territorial audience of Schweslig Holstein considers "inadmissible" the crime of rebellion by which Puigdemont is at that time processed in Spain. Puigdemont is released on bail. Puigdemont will return to Belgium, where justice will refuse to extradite the independence leader, who after obtaining his actor of MEPS to use the immunity that gives him this condition to travel through Europe, especially southern France, in his attempt to maintain the moral leadership of Independentism

Updated Date: 23 September 2021, 21:38

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