FOUR Spanish police officers are on trial for the alleged torture of two British tourists while in custody in Mallorca in 2009.
A captain and three police officers stand charged with intimidating and viciously attacking the two Brits, who had been arrested after a pub brawl during which one of them knocked out the off-duty sergeant.
They face a combined sentence of 26 years imprisonment should they be convicted.
It is said that the four officers took the detainees back into custody, where they beat them with their bare fists, a truncheon and stared menacingly into their eyes until they began to panic.
Both had to be taken to hospital twice during the night after sustaining arm fractures, bruising and other facial injuries.
However, the police captain continues to deny the injuries were caused by his team, arguing they are the result of the fight in the pub.
He further claimed one of the prisoners had hurt himself inside his cell and that the other had fallen on his face after trying to flee from the patrol car.
But investigators are adamant the injuries sustained are too severe to match this version of events.
The captain is facing 11 years in prison while the three officers under his command each face five years, if they are found guilty.