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The offence of rebellion has been ruled out by a German court in relation to Spain's extradition request against Catalonia's former prime minister Carles Puigdemont.

The court said that because Puigdemont can't extradited for rebellion he posed less of a flight risk and could be released on bail.

Puigdemont was convicted in multiple cases of corruption, conducting an unsanctioned independence referendum and to rebel against the rebellious against the ruling government.

The Spanish Supreme Court earlier in March issued fresh arrest warrants against Puigdemont and some other individuals behind the independence bid. Proceedings to decide whether to grant extradition on corruption charges may continue, however.

The Spanish government and judiciary did not have an immediate reaction to the German ruling.

Spanish authorities accuse Puigdemont of rebellion and misuse of public funds in organizing an unauthorized referendum past year on Catalonia's independence from Spain.

The court also chose to rule out the charge of rebellion, which Spain had included in the extradition request.

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In Brussels, three fugitive allies of Puigdemont were held briefly Thursday before being conditionally released by Belgian judicial authorities to await a decision on whether they should be extradited to Spain.

It ordered the release of former Catalan leader on bail at €75,000 ($91,786).

The official, who spoke on customary condition of anonymity, said "Spanish justice will adopt the appropriate measures in the face of these new circumstances".

Puigdemont's lawyers have appealed in Spain against the "rebellion" charge, highlighting that he was not involved in violence. The charge of rebellion is totally invalid.

He then came under pressure when central authorities urged the regional police to stop the October 1 referendum banned by Spanish courts.

The judge also said Catalan regional police did not respond to requests for aid made by officers from Spain's Guardia Civil force who were searching a Catalan government building in Barcelona on September 20 as part of a probe into preparations for the banned referendum.


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