The former head of the government of Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont, who led the campaign for the withdrawal of autonomy from Spain, was detained in Italy on the island of Sardinia.
The basis was the ruling of the Kingdom’s Supreme Court, issued back in October 2019, El Confidencial reports, citing sources. Puigdemont is accused of inciting mutiny and embezzlement of public funds, RIA Novosti recalls.
Earlier it became known that Puigdemont planned to meet with local politicians in Sardinia, take part in a folk festival here and make a visit to the city of Alghero, which maintains strong ties with Catalonia.
Recall that in March 2021, the European Parliament voted to strip the parliamentary immunity of the former leader of Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont and two other Catalan politicians.
We will remind, the movement for the independence of Catalonia intensified in 2012 and was closely associated with the political unrest caused by the economic crisis of 2008. For five years, the authorities of the autonomy (first Arthur Mas, then Carles Puigdemont) actively promoted the idea of separating the region from Spain. This ultimately led to a referendum on the independence of Catalonia, which was held on October 1, 2017, despite the ban of the Constitutional Court. About 90 percent of those who came to the polling stations voted for the secession. After the regional deputies adopted the declaration of independence, Madrid took advantage of Article 155 of the Constitution and took over the administration of the autonomy by dissolving the parliament and calling early elections.
Some of the leaders of the Catalan nationalists were arrested – 12 people were in the dock. Puigdemont, like several of his advisers, fled abroad and was still hiding from Spanish justice.