Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon has celebrated the decision by a Spanish Supreme Court judge, Pablo Llarena to drop the extradition warrant against former Catalan education minister Clara Ponsatí, a professor at the University of St Andrews. The first minister, replying to a tweet from Ponsatí's lawyer Aamer Anwar, wrote that "political differences should be pursued democratically, not through criminal courts".
If true, very good news that extradition proceedings have been dropped against @ClaraPonsati. Political differences should be pursued democratically not through criminal courts. Let’s hope she is now allowed to get on with her life - and being the credit to Scotland that she is. https://t.co/GW46YcDk4h— Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon) 19 de juliol de 2018
Last week, Sturgeon met Catalan president Quim Torra in Edinburgh, the first high-level meeting between the Scottish and Catalan governments in almost a decade. They released a joint statement defending Catalonia's right to self-determination, drawing a formal protest from the Spanish consul in the Scottish capital.