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Scottish police arrest Catalan politician Clara Ponsati

Scottish police arrest Catalan politician Clara Ponsati

In anticipation of Ponsati's appearance for her initial extradition hearing, hundreds of demonstrators gathered outside of the Sheriff Court building to express their solidarity with the former education minister, who has being held responsible by the Spanish Government for violence at polling stations during the Catalan independence referendum of 1 October, 2017.

Former Catalan Education Minister Clara Ponsati, who has been hiding from Spanish law enforcement in the United Kingdom, said Wednesday that she was going to surrender to UK authorities.

'My legal team is instructed by Professor Ponsati to robustly defend her against the Spanish attempts to extradite her.

"She does not believe that the Spanish courts can guarantee independence, human rights or justice", Anwar added.

"She believes that the Catalan people tried to express a democratic right to decide their own destiny and the only people that should be held responsible for the brutal violence is the Spanish Police and 6000 state security forces who attacked the Catalan people on behalf of the Spanish Government".

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However, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has insisted she can not intervene in an independent legal extradition process.

Her lawyer Aamer Anwar said he was preparing her for a court appearance today where she intends to fight extradition.

"Clara respects the fact that her fate now lies in the hands of Scotland's independent judicial system".

Catalonia's parliament has passed a symbolic motion affirming the right of the Spanish region's former separatist leader Carles Puigdemont to be re-elected to his old job, even though he is in jail and facing a possible trial.

She has received support from members of the Scottish National Party (SNP), which runs the devolved government in Edinburgh, which has condemned arrest warrants issued for the Catalan politicians.

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Ponsati was a minister in the Catalan government when it declared independence from the rest of Spain following a referendum in October.

He told the Sueddeutsche Zeitung that the Spanish arrest warrant for Puigdemont was imprecise and superficial and it was unclear whether it was a European or global warrant.

A crowd-funding appeal set up on Wednesday to pay for her legal costs had raised more than £158,000 by mid-afternoon.

Ponsati then returned to the University of St Andrews, northeast of Edinburgh, where she had formerly worked, and is a professor in the school of economics and finance.

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