First time archbishop in court on 'mobbing' charges

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16 November 2007, Granada - The archbishop of the Spanish city of Granada, Francisco Javier Martinez, has become the first high-ranking churchman to appear before a court in Spain, press reports said Thursday.

16 November 2007

Granada - The archbishop of the Spanish city of Granada, Francisco Javier Martinez, has become the first high-ranking churchman to appear before a court in Spain, press reports said Thursday.

Martinez, whose trial started Thursday in the southern Spanish city, is believed to have harassed a priest and stands accused of insult, assault and injury.

The alleged victim is a priest whom the archbishop removed from his position and fired.

The priest said at the opening of the trial that Martinez systematically humiliated him and falsely accused him of misappropriating church property.

Martinez denies the charges, saying he fired the priest because he lost trust in him. dpa hk wjh

Bomb attack inflicts serious damage in north-western Spain

Vigo, Spain (dpa) - A bomb attack in the north-western Spanish town of Cangas, near Vigo, has caused serious material damage, but no people were injured, police said on Thursday.

According to the police, a bomb made of 5 kilogrammes of explosives had detonated in the offices of an estate agent.

The building, which is located near the town hall, was completely destroyed, while window panes of neighbouring houses burst.

The attackers have so far not been identified.

Six months ago, the town was hit by a similar bomb attack, for which a Galician separatist organization claimed responsibility. dpa hk gma ds

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