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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".

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.

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