Exiled President Carles Puigdemont’s Arrest reaches the Council of Europe

The Italian Democratic Senators Roberto Rampi and Gianni Marilotti have called on the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe for concrete action against arbitrary detentions that violate fundamental rights. This comes after exiled Catalan President Carles Puigdemont was arrested on the island of Sardinia, Italy, last week.

Both senators called for the protection of the freedom of expression of citizens and representatives, and said that “the clear will of the Catalan people to claim their independence cannot be treated as a subversive and criminal act,” but there must be a “political weighting” in the European integration framework. They also called for the Catalan issue to leave the judicial and repressive dimension and return to a political scope.

The rapporteur for the Council of Europe (CoE) on the 2017 independence referendum, Boris Cilevics, noted with “concern” the arrest of Carles Puigdemont in Italy. In a message on social media, the Latvian MP recalled that a resolution of the Council called on the Spanish authorities to “abandon extradition proceedings against Catalan politicians living abroad [exiles] as those convicted for their role in the 2017 referendum were partially pardoned last summer,” he said.

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