28 Oct, 2022 @ 15:30
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Video footage prompts judges to rule that Catalan riot police officer invented assault by protestor

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Policy arrest a woman after confessing the homicide of her two children Policy (the Mossos d'Esquadra) has arrested a British woman in Lloret de Mar (Girona, Spain) after having confessed the homicide of her children, between 1 and 5 years old, in the room of the hotel in which they were spending the holidays, as have been confirmed by police sources. The autonomous police, which received the news from local police towards 14.00 pm, arrested the mother in the same Hotel Miramar, an establishment of four stars and placed in plenary session maritime walk of the locality, favorite destination of the tourists proceeding from the United Kingdom. It was the mother herself that adviced the hotel workers and the emergency service; and together with the local police they couldn´t do anything for the life of the children. The investigation to know the reasons of the deaths is now in hands of the Mossos d'Esquadra of the demarcation of Girona, which investigators work with all the hypotheses. CORDON PRESS In this picture an employee of the hotel crying La policia detiene a una mujer como presunta asesina de sus hijas Mossos Cordon Press

A POLICE officer from Catalonia’s Mossos d’Esquadra regional force is facing an eight-year ban from duty after being found to have invented an assault by a protestor. 

A video of the events has helped the former defendant to corroborate his story, in which he claimed to have not even touched the riot police officer. 

Now, the Mosso will himself be facing a court case, in which the public prosecutor is calling for the ban. 

The incident dates back to December 2019, according to online newspaper El Diario, when the Mossos were evicting squatters from a social centre in Barcelona. 

During the operation, the riot police on the scene arrested the youngster in question after claiming to have been elbowed by him. The suspect was held in custody for eight hours. 

A judge came very close to sending the suspect to court for an assault that, it has now emerged, he did not commit. During an appeals process, his lawyer was able to produce the recording of the scene that proved that his version was correct, and not that of the riot officer. 

If found guilty, the Mosso will also have to pay the victim compensation of more than €5,000. 

The lawyer acting for the victim, Eduardo Cáliz, lamented the fact that the police can often act with impunity in this way. “In most cases we don’t have a video that is as clear as this one, and even with the video we had to file three appeals for the courts to take it into account,” he said in comments reported by El Diario. 

The judges examining the case concluded that the assault had “not been corroborated by any other witness,” and was based solely on the account of the Mosso.

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Simon Hunter

Simon Hunter has been living in Madrid since the year 2000 and has worked as a journalist and translator practically since he arrived. For 16 years he was at the English Edition of Spanish daily EL PAÍS, editing the site from 2014 to 2022, and is currently one of the Spain reporters at The Times. He is also a voice actor, and can be heard telling passengers to "mind the gap" on Spain's AVLO high-speed trains.

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