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Ex-Catalonia leader brings books to German prison where he was detained last year

Carles Puigdemont was held for two weeks as Spain unsuccessfully sought to extradite him for his role in the region’s independence movement.

Former regional Catalan President Carles Puigdemont (Carsten Rehder/AP)
Former regional Catalan President Carles Puigdemont (Carsten Rehder/AP)

The former president of Spain’s Catalonia region, Carles Puigdemont, has returned to a German prison where he spent nearly two weeks last year to drop off a donation of books.

Mr Puigdemont’s visit to the prison in Neumuenster on Monday came a year after he was arrested in Germany’s far north as he tried to drive from Finland to his base in Belgium.

An attempt to extradite him to Spain, which he fled in 2017 after his regional government held an unauthorised referendum on independence from Spain, later collapsed.

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Former regional Catalan president Carles Puigdemont (Carsten Rehder/AP)

German news agency dpa reported that Mr Puigdemont brought a donation of 100 books by Catalan authors translated into German, saying he wanted to express gratitude for his treatment in prison.

Mr Puigdemont is seeking a seat in the European Parliament in May elections.

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