Spain's first anti-mafia judges start work

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14 December 2004, MADRID - Spain's attorney-general named on Tuesday the nation's first anti-mafia judges who will be based in Malaga, the Balearic Islands and Alicante.

14 December 2004

MADRID - Spain's attorney-general named on Tuesday the nation's first anti-mafia judges who will be based in Malaga, the Balearic Islands and Alicante.

Cándido Conde-Pumpido said the judges will specialise in the fight against organised crime.

He said they would try to combat the "silent invasion" of organised crime in Spain.

The judges are Juan Carlos López Caballero, in Málaga; Juan Carrao Mellado, in the Balearic Islands and Felipe Briones Vives who is to be based in Alicante in south-east Spain.

Criminal gangs have stopped thinking of Spain as a place to relax or invest their money. Instead, they now consider Spain as a country in which to operate, Conde-Pumpido said.

He referred to the double-murder in Marbella on 4 December in which a seven-year-old boy and a 36-year-old Italian were shot dead with semi-automatic machine guns in a hairdressing shop by three masked men.

In January, other anti-mafia judges are expected to begin working in Las Palmas and Tenerife in the Canary Islands and in Barcelona.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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