SPAIN’S foreign minister Alfonso Dastis has criticised the UK for not identifying a Spaniard who is believed to have died in the London terror attack quick enough.
Dastis said the British government needs to do ‘everything humanly possible’ to let the family know the fate of Ignacio Echverria.
“We are pressing British authorities because, frankly, this is a situation that can’t be extended for much longer,” Dastis said.
He added that efforts must be pushed ‘to the maximum’ to avoid ‘more anguish and pain’ for the family.
His family members tweeted UK prime minister Theresa May calling for the process to be sped up.
Fernando Vergara, the brother-in-law of Mr Echverría said: “Families of the victims of LB attacks feel mistreated by lack of information leading to unnecessary agony. 63 hrs still no news.”
The family have reportedly been told it could be another 48 hours before they are given confirmation of Ignacio’s fate.
The long wait is thought to be due to the fact that he was not carrying ID at the time, and that fingerprint confirmation must be acquired before identifying any victim.
UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson also said protocols needed to be followed before making identities public.
HSBC, for whom Ignacio worked, is said to have hired private investigators to find him.