'The Loner' returns to Spain to face trial
An infamous bank robber was temporarily handed over to Spanish police by Portuguese authorities on Tuesday.16 January 2008
MADRID - Jaime Jiménez Arbe, an infamous bank robber known as The Loner for his habit of operating alone in disguise, was temporarily handed over to Spanish police by Portuguese authorities on Tuesday, six months after he was arrested while attempting to rob a bank in the Portuguese coastal city of Figueira da Foz.
Arbe, who is wanted in Spain for carrying out 30 armed robberies, is due to give testimony before a court in Navarre tomorrow over the deaths of two Civil Guard officers in the northern region in 2004. Arbe, 54, allegedly shot the officers while fleeing the scene of a robbery.
Spain is expected to return him to Portuguese custody within two months so he can face trial there, where he could be looking at up to 20 years in prison for the attempted robbery in Figueira da Foz.
[Copyright EL PAÍS 2008]
Subject: Spanish news