MADRID — Carles Puigdemont, the previous separatist chief of Spain’s Catalonia area, was arrested by Italian police Thursday evening on the island of Sardinia, his workplace stated in an announcement, on an arrest warrant issued by Spain’s prime court docket on costs of sedition.
Mr. Puigdemont, a member of the European Parliament, had been touring to the Sardinian metropolis of Alghero from Brussels, the place he fled to keep away from the fees. He had gone to Sardinia to attend a Catalan folklore competition often called the Adifolk Convention, the assertion from his workplace stated. When he arrived on the airport, he was detained by the police.
He faces a trial in Spain for his main position in an unsuccessful try to declare an unbiased state in Catalonia within the fall of 2017, following a referendum that the Spanish authorities and courts had declared unlawful to carry.
In March of this yr, the European Parliament stripped him of his immunity, a transfer he has been preventing within the courts.
Josep Costa, an legal professional working with Mr. Puigdemont, wrote on Twitter that his workforce believed he can be launched in just a few hours and referred to as the arrest flawed.
“The disgrace will stay on Spain for historical past,” he wrote.
Spain’s authorities made no fast touch upon the arrest.