Former Catalan Leader Puigdemont Detained in Germany: Lawyer

March 25, 2018 Updated: March 25, 2018

BARCELONA—Former Catalan secessionist leader Carles Puigdemont was detained on Sunday in Germany by police acting on an international arrest warrant issued by Spain, his lawyer said.

Puigdemont had entered Germany from Denmark after leaving Finland on Friday when it appeared police would arrest him there and launch an extradition process requested by Spain. The lawyer, Jaume Alonso-Cuevillas, did not say exactly where Puigdemont was in custody in Germany.

He faces up to 25 years in prison in Spain on charges of rebellion and sedition for organising an illegal referendum for Catalonia that led to a unilateral declaration of independence in October.

By Sam Edwards