The German government has rejected calls from the lawyer of former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont’s to overturn a decision by a regional court which ordered that the ex-separatist leader needed to be extradited to Spain to faces charges of inciting a rebellion.

“It is in the hands of the courts,” a justice ministry spokesman said. Puigdemont’s lawyers argue that a referendum is not a criminal offence.

The move is a further blow to Puigdemont, who has been held in prison in the northern G...

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