Three police convicted of killing farmer in station
27 April 2007, ALMERIA - Three officers were convicted of playing a part in the death of a farmer who died in a police station after going to report an accident.
27 April 2007
ALMERIA - Three officers were convicted of playing a part in the death of a farmer who died in a police station after going to report an accident.
Five of the eight officers on trial were cleared of having any role in the death of Juan Martínez Galdeano after a trial which started last month.
Lieutant Jose Manuel Rivas, head of the police station, was convicted of an 'attack on the moral integrity' of the victim.
He was jailed for 15 months and has been banned from serving in the police for three years. He was also convicted of causing light injuries.
Two other officers, named only as M.J.S.P. and J.A.M.S. were convicted of causing light injuries and have been ordered to pay fines which have not been revealed by the court.
Galdeano died on 24 July 2005 after going to the police station in Roquetas de Mar, near Almeria, to report a car accident in which he was lightly injured.
Civil Guard officers allegedly attacked the 39-year-old farmer at the police station and he died hours later of heart problems.
A judge leading the investigation accused the officers of abusing their positions.
They were said to have used an electric truncheon to restrain Galdeano.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news