Last week’s announcement by lawyers acting for the former Catalan education minister, Clara Ponsati, that they are considering whether to call ex Spanish government ministers to court as part of her battle against extradition continues to highlight major issues around the use of the EAW for political reasons.
A supporter of Catalan independence, Ponsati is not only an academic economist at the University of St Andrews, but she was a senior member of the Catalonian Government that lead last year’s ‘rebellion’ against Madrid.
In March, Professor Ponsati was granted bail in her fight against extradition to Spain where she is sought on charges of ‘rebellion’ and ‘misappropriating public funds’. A crowdfunded appeal to assist in fighting her case reached £200,000 within 18 hours of its launch and her university has described the attempt to extradite her as a politically motivated attack on free speech, reflecting a growing concern over the abuse of the EAW.
This article by Lesley Riddoch in The Scotsman not only provides a good introduction to the Ponsati case, and the political questions it raises in Scotland, but also touches on all many of the wider issues surrounding the EAW system.