Two police jailed for torturing suspect
30 August 2004, MADRID – Spain's highest court jailed two police officers Monday for illegally imprisoning a man, forcing him to strip at gunpoint and throwing him into the sea despite knowing he could not swim.
30 August 2004
MADRID – Spain's highest court jailed two police officers Monday for illegally imprisoning a man, forcing him to strip at gunpoint and throwing him into the sea despite knowing he could not swim.
The officers were jailed for five years and two years and nine months respectively, by the Supreme Court.
The events took place in June 1998, in Masanasa, near Valencia, when the victim tried to call his former partner, from whom he had separated.
Two police officers, one of whom was the boyfriend of the woman's sister, came to the house.
They put the victim, who had had previous court orders imposed to stop him bothering the woman, into a patrol car.
He was taken to the sea's edge.
They forced him to strip off at gunpoint and threw his shoes and clothes into the water.
Then they threatened to shoot him or slash him unless he got into the water, despite his repeated protests that he could not swim. Then they threw him into the water and left him.
He was able to get out because the tide was out.
He staggered back to the village centre where someone helped him.
Later, the two officers described how they had been involved in "extraordinary service" the night before.
The Supreme Court ratified a sentence handed down by a lower court with the exception of an offence of making a false document.
As such, the court reduced the sentence from nine to five years for one officer, and from six to two years and nine months for the other.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news