Scottish politicians and campaigners are celebrating after the Spanish government was forced to withdraw arrest warrants for several Catalan politicians. These included the warrant seeking the extradition of Clara Ponsati, who was set to appear in court in Edinburgh on 23 July.
The Spanish judiciary made the decision after German courts ruled against extraditing former Catalan president Carlos Puigdemont on charges of rebellion.
European Arrest Warrants
The Catalan independence referendum took place on 1 October 2017. Spain declared the vote illegal, and the scenes of police violence that followed caused outrage across the world.
Spain has since continued to crack down on key figures within the movement. It also issued European arrest warrants for those who fled Catalonia after the vote. The charges listed included rebellion and misuse of public funds.
Ponsati left Catalonia after the vote to St Andrews in Fife, Scotland. Ponsati had previously worked as a lecturer at the town’s university and returned to her role in 2018.
Scottish human rights lawyer Aamer Anwar, who represents Ponsati, said they were still awaiting officialconfirmation from Spain that the warrants had been dropped.