Carles Puigdemont landed at Copenhagen airport in the morning on a flight from Belgium, where he has been since fleeing Spain. He is slated to take part in a debate at the University of Copenhagen.
Spanish state prosecutors are seeking long jail sentences for nine leaders of Catalonia's independence movement. But a separate body of attorneys also involved in the case is being milder in its demands.
Activists across the region occupied railway tracks, central streets and key motorways in protest against Madrid. One year on, Catalonia shows no sign of forgetting its quashed bid for independence.
The court has said the former Catalan leader can be extradited to Spain for graft and not rebellion. Puigdemont faces charges of rebellion and corruption in connection with Catalonia's failed bid for independence.
Spain's Supreme Court has withdrawn its extradition requests for six Catalan separatist politicians, including ex-regional president Carles Puigdemont, who is in Germany. They were wanted on rebellion charges.
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