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Catalan politician Puigdemont ready to return to Spain only in case of amnesty


According to EFE, Carles Puigdemont, the former leader of Catalonia's administration (a Spanish autonomous community), stated that he was willing to return to Spain, but only once the amnesty bill for Catalan separatists takes effect, told Gonzalo Boye's attorney to Catalan radio station RAC1.

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The attorney claims that Puigdemont, who started the 2017 Catalan independence referendum, will have to comply with the Spanish Supreme Court's decision to revoke the order to arrest him once the amnesty statute is published in the "Official State Gazette of Spain" in late May or early June. The central government in Madrid declared the referendum to be unlawful.

On March 14, the lower house of the Spanish Parliament, the Congress of Deputies, adopted a plan that would grant amnesty to Catalan lawmakers who were found guilty of staging an unauthorized referendum on the autonomous community's independence in 2017. 172 deputies were "against", and 178 were "in favor". Now, the bill will be considered by the Senate.

Approximately 400 individuals overall, including Puigdemont, who was compelled to flee Spain, are affected by the measure in relation to the Catalan referendum of 2017.

source: efe.com