A former Catalan minister facing extradition to Spain has thanked supporters as she handed herself over to police.
Ponsati's lawyer, Aamer Anwar, said she views the charges - which carry a maximum penalty of 25 years in jail - as "political persecution".
Reports say Ponsati who voluntarily arrived at an Edinburgh police station on Wednesday before being formally arrested, now faces extradition to Spain.
Puigdemont, who fled to Belgium past year following an independence push, was arrested in Germany on Sunday under a European arrest warrant issued by Spain on his way back to Belgium by vehicle from Finland.
Bail will be sought and a full hearing on the extradition request is expected to be held several weeks down the line. "Ponsati remains defiant, resolute and is determined to fight back", he added.
"We strongly oppose the Spanish government's decision to seek the arrest and imprisonment of independence supporting politicians", Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, whose nationalist party runs the government in Edinburgh, said in a statement. Scotland has been a true friend to Catalonia in her darkest hours. "Clara accepts her fate now lies in the hands of the Scottish Justice system".
Catalonia's former separatist leader Carles Puigdemont can't expect an Easter feast in the north German jail he's now in awaiting extradition proceedings.
The bid to bring Ponsati to Spain to face trial has caused an outcry in Scotland, which held its own, legal, independence referendum in 2014, when 55 percent to 45 percent voted to remain in the U.K. St. Andrews University has said it is "deeply concerned by recent developments, their motives and potential consequences".
The academic was made the subject of a European arrest warrant last week, along with Carles Puigdemont, Catalonia's former leader, and three other ministers. A crowdfunding appeal to pay for her defence against extradition proceedings had reached almost £200,000 hours after it was launched.
"The contents of the warrant were read to her and she has been detained in police custody to appear before Edinburgh Sheriff Court this afternoon".