Madeline McCann and the Vera connection

Local papers are excited after the Daily Mail revealed that alleged Madeline McCann killer Christian Breuckner drove to Vera in the weeks before the abduction, in the same vehicle police think he used in the attack. The story is a little involved, in traditional Daily Mail style, and I couldn’t be bothered to read it all, but it seems he picked up a couple in Málaga and drove them up to Vera, where he spent Continue reading Madeline McCann and the Vera connection

So just who was advising the government about the lockdown?

There’s a rather bizarre fight going on in Spanish politics at the moment, after Salvador Illa, the health minister, admitted in a moment of absent mindlessness that a supposed committee of independent experts who were supposed to be advising the government on the lockdown – didn’t exist. Continue reading So just who was advising the government about the lockdown?

Judge stops the quarantine of half a million people in Lleida

The courts have this morning overturned the emergency quarantine of half a million people in Lleida. Both the public prosecutor and the magistrate asked to review the measure consider the massive scale of the lockdown to be “disproportionate” and “not based upon scientific evidence”. Judge Elena García-Muñoz Alarcos furthermore said that such a massive lockdown would only be constitutional if passed using national State of Emergency laws, a decision that could stop all regions of Continue reading Judge stops the quarantine of half a million people in Lleida

Almería leads gender related violence stats for the last 15 years

Here’s a fun statistic. It turns out that Almería is the province with the greatest number of reported gender related crimes, relative to head of population, in the country, over the last 15 years. And Roquetas de Mar is the hotbed of the plague – it is the large city with the greatest number of reported crimes per head of population in the country. Between 2003 and 2018, there was an average of 5.4 murders Continue reading Almería leads gender related violence stats for the last 15 years

Interior minister caught out in lie over sacking of top police officer

A leaked document marked “top secret” published today in El Confidencial gives the lie to the claim that the firing of a top Guardia Civil officer overseeing an investigation into senior politicians was for any other reason. Minister of the Interior Marlaska claimed last week that he ordered the firing of Colonel Diego Perez de los Cobos for simple personnel reasons, and that it had nothing to do with the fact that the Colonel hadn’t Continue reading Interior minister caught out in lie over sacking of top police officer

Hours after facing down calls in parliament to resign for firing top coppers – Marlaska goes and fires ANOTHER top copper

So today marked one of the most tumultuous days in the Spanish parliament ever, with accusations of supporting terrorism being levied at Podemos leader Pablo Iglesias, general cries of corruption, and a unified demand from the main opposition parties for the Minister of the Interior Fernando Grande-Marlaska to either stand down or be fired. Really, it’s almost a question of what will explode first, the ruling coalition or Spain itself. Marlaska is in trouble for Continue reading Hours after facing down calls in parliament to resign for firing top coppers – Marlaska goes and fires ANOTHER top copper

Guardia Civil’s Nº2 officer quits in protest over fired colleague

General Laurentino Ceña, the second most senior office in the Guardia Civil, has quit his position with immediate effect in order to show his support for his colleague Colonel Pérez de los Lobos who was fired in murky circumstances after opening a penal investigation into senior politicians and the chap in charge of Spain’s pandemic response. Granted, the good General was only a week away from retirement and quit in such a way such as Continue reading Guardia Civil’s Nº2 officer quits in protest over fired colleague

Madrid’s Guardia Civil chief fired – for investigating those he shouldn’t, it seems

Colonel Diego Perez de los Lobos, the head of the Madrid Guardia Civil, has been fired on personal orders from the Minister of the Interior, Fernando Grande-Marlaska, with immediate effect. A terse note from the Ministry of the Interior confirmed the firing, and said that the motive was down to a “loss of confidence in his ability to do his job”. The Colonel was later seen driving out of head office, in mufti and in Continue reading Madrid’s Guardia Civil chief fired – for investigating those he shouldn’t, it seems

Iglesias just got re-elected in a landslide and got permission for a pay-rise to boot

Podemos held its third Citizen’s Assembly, online due to the COVID19 crisis, this week. Iglesias got re-elected as leader by a whopping 92%. However, only 11% of party members bothered to vote, so maybe he isn’t as popular as he thinks he is. The low turnout may have been influenced by the fact that he only had one opponent, a nobody called Fernando Barredo. Nobody had ever heard of this Fernando before, he was obviously Continue reading Iglesias just got re-elected in a landslide and got permission for a pay-rise to boot