EU Parliament strips Puigdemont, two other Catalans of immunity
16:00, Tuesday, 09 March, 2021
The European Parliament has voted to waive the immunity of Catalonia’s former regional head of government and two other separatist lawmakers, taking them a step closer to extradition to Spain, where they are charged with sedition.The chamber announced on Tuesday that EU lawmakers had voted clearly in favour of stripping the immunity from prosecution of Carles Puigdemont and two former cabinet members, Toni Comin and Clara Ponsati. “Problems in Catalonia are solved in Spain, not in Europe,” Spain’s Foreign Minister said, defending a solution through dialogue. The European Parliament said it was for national judicial systems of EU countries to determine criminal proceedings. Puigdemont has also been charged with misuse of public funds.