Catalan ex-president visits German prison, donates books

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BERLIN (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.

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 unauthorized referendum on independence from Spain, later collapsed.

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

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

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