THE youth crime wave which saw two underage girls gang raped last month has led to urgent calls for juvenile law changes.
Following the attacks that horrified Spain (see Olive Press issue 63) PP opposition leader Mariano Rajoy has demanded that minors should be charged with serious crimes, including rape. He has vowed to pursue the changes to prosecute children under 14 in September.
Meanwhile Spain´s attorney-general, Candido Conde-Pumpido, called for “maximum force against these worrying incidents” to halt the recent spate of crimes.
But, he added: “We must not just focus on solving these attacks judicially, but on educating youngsters.”
“Opposition leader Mariano Rajoy has demanded that minors should be charged with serious crimes, including rape.”
However, ombudsman Jose Chamizo refused to back any law changes.
Despite urging in-depth investigations, he claimed that prosecuting minors would not solve the causes of such crimes.
The news comes as Spain was rocked by further crimes, including a 14-year-old arrested for sexual assault on a minor and five other youths being sent to a detention centre for a brutal murder in Barcelona.