Anna Gabriel, a leader of the Catalan separatist movement in Spain, has fled to Switzerland before she was due to appear at Spain’s Supreme Court as part of an ongoing investigation into sedition, rebellion, and misuse of public funds by former Catalan public officials.

The Supreme Court has yet to make a decision on whether to request her extradition from Switzerland, but in the event that it does Gabriel is likely to argue that the request is “predominantly political”, a defence against extradition under Swiss law. She has said that she is “being prosecuted due to [her] political activities”.

Potentially making matters more difficult for Spain, spokespeople from Gabriel’s political party, the Popular Unity Candidacy, have said that she will request political asylum in Switzerland if the Supreme Court seeks to have her extradited.

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