EU tribunal strips former Catalan separatist leader Puigdemont of immunity

Carles Puigdemont in a file photo.
Carles Puigdemont in a file photo. / EFE
  • The measure also affects former regional ministers Toni Comín and Clara Ponsatí

The Court of Justice of the European Union has stripped former Catalan president and separatist leader Carles Puigdemont of his immunity as a member of the European Parliament.

The same measure has been applied to former pro-independence Catalan ministers Toni Comín and Clara Ponsatí.

In a ruling delivered on Friday (30 July), the Luxembourg-based tribunal revoked the precautionary measures it accepted in June which allowed for a temporary halt in the previous European Parliament decision that removed his immunity earlier this year.

Puigdemont has been in Belgium since October 2017, when he escaped arrest by the Spanish authorities for his role in the illegal Catalan independence referendum earlier that month.

Since then he has successfully fought off Spain's attempts to have him extradited.

In his absence from Catalonia he was elected as an MEP in 2019.