Politics 05-04-2018

German Deputy if Catalonia were in Russia or Venezuela the story would be different

Former President of Catalonia Carles Puigdemont it´s in jail of Germany and could be extradited to Spain. According to Sputnikthe German deputy Andrej Hunko the former Catalan leader was arrested under a European arrest warrant an approved protocol with the idea that all EU members were states of law.

The parliamentarian in the Bundestag by Die Linke (The Left) argued thatif [the euroorder] puts human rights at risk because it is a political persecutionit should not be applied.

He also recalled that EU countries have different rules in their penal code. For example Belgium Finland Denmark Sweden and Switzerland did not imprison Catalan politicians wanted by Spain. In particular in Belgium unlike in Spain where the independence leader could face a 30 year sentence the former Catalan president is not considered a criminal since the rebellion does not constitute a crime in accordance with the country's legislation. However in the criminal code of Germany there is high treason a crime similar to rebellion.

The deputy who saw with his own eyes the police violence during the Catalan referendum in October 2017 affirmed that the German Government then fully supported the Spanish president Mariano Rajoy by not condemning the police action and calling it an internal matter of Spain.

Hunko added that Puigdemont is accused of the "crime of rebellion" a specific Spanish concept although he considers that it does not make sense to accuse of rebellion an entire independence movement that qualifies as peaceful.

"I do not trust Spanish justice very much I have to say that Spain can hardly be called a rule of law" said Hunko who stressed that the country was criticized by the European Court of Human Rights due to its little independent judicial system. Likewiseit is in the lower part of the ranking of European countries in terms of the social just ice index.

"If [this conflict] had taken place in Russia or Venezuela theEuropean politicians would have been very active but here in the center of Europe they try to ignore it" he lamented.

As Hunko explained European parliamentarians are afraid to set a precedent and lose control over the processes in other conflicts over independencesuch as in the Basque Country Corsica or Scotland.

The Deputy of Die Linke concluded that "we do not question the borders of Europe", but if the citizens themselves do it, it is necessary to find a political solution to the problem instead of suppressing these conflicts in an authoritarian way.


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