Internal inquiry into farmer's death frozen
9 August 2005, ALMERIA – An internal Guardia Civil inquiry into the death of a 39-year-old farmer at a police station in southern Spain has been frozen.
9 August 2005
ALMERIA – An internal Guardia Civil inquiry into the death of a 39-year-old farmer at a police station in southern Spain has been frozen.
The investigations will await the outcome of a judicial inquiry which is under way.
Eight police officers and a police chief at Roquetas de Mar are under investigation for suspected violence which led to the death of Juan Martinez Galdeano on 24 July.
Galdeano went to report a dispute over a traffic accident and died after a struggle with Guardia Civil officers.
Judge Estefania Lopez is hearing evidence to assertain whether the officers and the police chief abused their positions, including using an electric truncheon.
On Monday, the judge granted bail to the chief and an officer who the family of Galdeano had requested be taken into custody.
The judge said although there was evidence of "the presence of an abuse of powers and an allegedly criminal activity", she couldn't state without a doubt "the causal relation between the behaviour of the accused and the death of the detained man".
Leonardo Montoya, Galdeano's brother-in-law, said he was "disappointed" but "not surprised" by the judge's decision.
He said Juan's mother Amparo and widow Nabila "spent the whole evening crying because they didn't think they were going to be let free".
Before the judge's decision, a 65-year-old man was arrested outside Roquetas court when he produced a gun and fired a blank shot on the ground.
The incident happened when a scuffle broke out between supporters of the family and supporters of the Guardia Civil.
The man arrested is believed to belong to the extreme right.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news