Ex-Catalan minister turns herself in in Scotland

Ex-Catalan minister turns herself in in Scotland

Meanwhile, another former Catalan minister facing extradition to Spain on charges of rebellion turned herself in to authorities in Scotland.

Addressing the day's events, Anwar said: "Clara is pleased that bail was granted by the Scottish courts, and grateful for the respect and the dignity she was given by Police Scotland and the Scottish court service".

He led the parliamentary session that saw separatist lawmakers vote for the region of Catalonia to declare independence from Spain.

A Spanish judge last week issued global and European arrest warrants for Ponsati and other separatist leaders, including former regional president Carles Puigdemont.

Following the hearing, it was announced that Ponsati would be released on bail, with a preliminary hearing on her case set for 12 April, and a full hearing to take place on 18 April.

Her lawyer says she views the charges - which could attract a jail term of up to 30 years - as "political persecution" and believes that her human rights cannot be guaranteed in Spain.

The Spanish Supreme Court has charged the 55-year-old separatist leader with rebellion.

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Her lawyer Aamer Anwar said he was preparing her for a court appearance today where she intends to fight extradition.

Former Catalan minister Clara Ponsati, who is wanted by Spain for her role in last year's independence bid, was granted bail after appearing for an extradition hearing at a Scottish court on Wednesday, the BBC reported. A crowdfunding page set up to pay her legal costs has already raised 165,000 pounds ($232,600).

Her solicitor Mr Anwar said on Tuesday: 'I understand that Clara Ponsati faces charges of violent rebellion and misappropriation of public funds which relates to the organising of the referendum, which my client utterly refutes. "She does not believe that the Spanish courts can guarantee independence, human rights or justice".

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said her government would cooperate with Madrid, but added it supported the right of the Catalan people to determine their future.

Wolfgang Schomburg, a German attorney representing Puigdemont, urged the Berlin German government to immediately make clear it would not under any circumstances approve his extradition.

Spanish national police said on Wednesday that two Catalan regional officers who were travelling with him had also been arrested.

"She believes. the only people that should be held responsible for the brutal violence (are) the Spanish police and the 6,000 state security forces who attacked the Catalan people on behalf of the Spanish government". Spanish authorities ousted Puigdemont and imposed direct rule on the restive region.

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