Judge rules to release Catalan leader wanted by Spain

ROME (AP) — A judge in Sardinia tells The Associated Press she has ruled that Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont should be released from jail on the island and is even free to travel ahead of an Oct. 4 extradition hearing. Puigdemont is wanted in Spain for sedition for leading a secession bid for the Catalonia region, where he served as regional president at the time. Puigdemont was taken into custody Thursday night when he arrived at an airport in Alghero, Sardinia. He had been invited to attend a Catalan cultural event as well as a meeting, a few days later, of Sardinian independence sympathizers on the Mediterranean island. Sardinia has strong Catalan cultural roots and its own independence movement.