Autopsy points to two theories on farmer's death

10th August 2005, Comments 0 comments

10 August 2005, ALMERIA – An autopsy on the body of the farmer who died at a police station in Roquetas de Mar has fuelled competing theories about the cause of death.

10 August 2005

ALMERIA – An autopsy on the body of the farmer who died at a police station in Roquetas de Mar has fuelled competing theories about the cause of death.

The judicial inquiry into the death of Juan Martinez Galdeano, 39, ordered forensic testing in a bid to discover whether a police chief and seven subordinates killed the farmer through beating him.

However, on Wednesday, it seemed as if the results could be used to back up both the claims of the police and those of the family, with a broken bone found, as well as significant quantities of heroine and cocaine.

Some Spanish media, including the TV station Telecinco, reported that the autopsy showed, as the police have argued, that Galdeano died from a heart attack.

The attack had been brought on by the drugs found in Galdeano's bloodstream, combined with the stress of the struggle with the police officers.

Other media, including the newspaper El Pais, reported that Galdeano died of asphyxia, with the autopsy showing his breastbone had been broken.

The agency EFE said a report seen by the inquiry showed the breastbone had been broken "close to the death". It could not be ruled out that the bone was broken during resuscitation attempts rather than when police officers pinned him to the ground for 20 minutes.

On Thursday, Spain's interior minister will address Congress on the case.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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