Photo: Anna Gabriel being interviewed for Swiss radio (Credit: RTS)
By Nacio Digital Staff Writers
The Federal Office of Justice of Switzerland has informed Spanish authorities on Tuesday [March 27th] of their refusal to process the arrest warrant for extraditing Anna Gabriel, currently in exile in the Helvetic country, as demanded by the judge of the Spanish Supreme Pablo Llarena. Switzerland considers the accusation a “politicised crime,” according to an article published in El Español.
Llarena ordered the detention of Gabriel on February 21st, when she was supposed to appear for opening statements at the Spanish Supremen court, as part of the investigations regarding the Catalan independence process, but did not attend. The former leader of the Popular Unity candidacy (CUP) party chose to go into exile in Switzerland, instead.
Last Friday, Llarena initiated prosecution against Gabriel in absentia for the alleged crime of disobedience, which is punishable with fines and disqualification for public office from six months to two years. This crime cannot generate an extradition request and therefore Gabriel is not part of the group of Catalan leaders subject to the widely reported European Arrest Warrant, also issued by Llarena, for which the politicians are accused of “rebellion” and “sedition”.