The leader of a separatist party in Germany has filed a criminal complaint against the detention of Carles Puigdement, likening his arrest to an abduction.

Citing section 234a of the German Criminal Code, on which the complaint is based, Bavaria Party leader Florian Weber defines a kidnapper as “whosoever by deception, threat or force transports another into a territory outside the Federal Republic of Germany or causes him to go abroad, or prevents him from returning from abroad and thereby exposes him to the danger of being persecuted for political reasons.”

Weber filed the case with the public prosecutor’s office in Munich, but said he listed the accused as “unknown” as it is unclear who initiated the arrest.

Puigdement was seized by police in Germany on Sunday after a warrant was issued for his arrest. The Catalan separatist leader faces rebellion charges after holding an independence referendum in October, which was deemed illegal by Spain.

Weber said the case was a “political issue” that German authorities should stay out of, adding that they were subsequently fueling the political crisis by adhering to the “intransigent” demands of Madrid.

The protests in Barcelona that followed were proof of this, he added.

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