The UK police authorities yesterday processed the European arrest warrant and surrender issued by the Supreme Court against the former conseller (Catalan Regional Minister) of Education Clara Ponsatí after the examining magistrate, Pablo Llarena, sent them the clarifications they had requested.
Pablo Llarena sent on Monday to Belgium and the United Kingdom two European arrest warrants and surrender against former consellers Antoni Comín, Lluís Puig and Clara Ponsatí, who fled Spain in October 2017. Ponsatí, who is in Scotland, had been charged by the Public Prosecutor’s Office with the crimes of sedition and embezzlement of public funds, but the judge decided to exclude the charge of embezzlement and keep only that of sedition.
On Tuesday, the EU’s Office for the Location of Respondents, Sirene, announced its decision not to process the Euro-warrant because it considered that “essential information” was missing. The note, sent by the British Home Office, indicated that the order did not provide “sufficient details on the nature of the crime” of sedition attributed to Ponsatí and showed “a lack of description of the place and time at which the facts were committed.
It also warned that “the request must also show a clear connection between the offence and the individual complainant” and urged Spain to “provide more details urgently”, indicating that only then will “the decision on arrest by the police be taken if deemed appropriate”.
In the new document sent by Llarena, to which the newspaper La Vanguardia had access, it is attributed to Clara Ponsatí to have acted to “achieve the alteration of the legal and constitutional order in force” and it is assured that the Councillor tried to “force and obtain the independence” of Catalonia “from the rest of Spain” through a referendum declared illegal by the Constitutional Court (TC).
The new information has already been processed by the British authorities. “The OEDE validated will now be sent to colleagues in the Scottish Police to study and take appropriate action”.
Ponsatí’s own lawyer, Aamer Anwar, reported yesterday in a communiqué-cited by Europa Press- that the National Agency against Crime (NCA) of the United Kingdom had agreed to process the Euro-warrant, so the extradition request will go to Scottish justice to be resolved. He also said that Ponsatí will appear before the Edinburgh police on Thursday 14 November to be brought before the judge.