Prosecutor General applies for Extradition Arrest Warrant against Carles Puigdemont
The Oberlandesgericht for the State of Schleswig-Holstein confirms that on April 3, 2018 it received the Prosecutor General’s application to issue an extradition arrest warrant against the former Catalan regional president, Carles Puigdemont. The court’s senate in charge of deciding on that application is the I. Senate for Criminal Matters, consisting of three professional judges. The Senate will examine whether it “appears ab initio that extradition will not be granted” and whether a reason for detention is given (§ 15 of the Act on International Cooperation in Criminal Matters (AICCM)).
At the moment, it is too early to say when a decision by the Senate for Criminal Matters on the application for the extradition arrest warrant may be expected.
§ 15 AICCM reads as follows:
§ 15 Extradition Detention
(1) Upon receipt of an extradition request extradition detention of a person may be ordered
1. if there is a danger that he may avoid the extradition proceedings or the execution of the extradition; or
2. if based on ascertainable facts there is strong reason to believe that the person would obstruct the investigation of the truth in the foreign pro-ceedings or in the extradition proceedings.
(2) Subsection (1) above shall not apply if it appears ab initio that extradition will not be granted.
The Press Department of the Oberlandesgericht for the State of Schleswig-Holstein
The Press Secretary
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