23 May, 2024 @ 16:33
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Judge in Spain shelves case against riot police officers who fired projectile that caused a young woman to lose an eye: ‘She must bear the consequences,’ he rules

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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 JUDGE in Spain has shelved a case that had been brought against three riot police officers in Barcelona, after they fired projectiles during disturbances that caused a young woman to lose an eye. The victim must ‘bear the consequences’ for having ‘placed herself in danger’, the magistrate ruled. 

The incident took place on February 16, 2021, during demonstrations to protest against the imprisonment of a rapper called Pablo Hasel after he was found guilty of insulting the Spanish monarchy and praising terrorism, among other offences.

During the disturbances, foam projectiles were fired by the police into the crowds. One of them struck the woman, who was 18 years old at the time, leaving her with injuries that eventually saw her lose an eye. 

She was among a group of around 300 or 400 people on the scene, who ‘put themselves in a situation of danger’, according to the judge’s findings, as reported by Spanish daily El Pais.

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Three members of the Mossos d’Esquadra were facing prosecution for the incident. Credit: CORDON PRESS

The judge investigating the case did not find any intentional actions on the part of the three police officers facing criminal charges. They were members of the regional Mossos d’Esquadra force: two of them were riflemen and the other their superior.

The magistrate investigating the case also justified the ‘proportionality’ of their actions given the ‘extraordinary violence’ of the demonstrators, who caused serious damage to the stores in Barcelona’s Paseo de Gracia during their protests. 

The young woman’s lawyer has already filed an appeal against the shelving of the case, which he described as being ‘abhorrent’. 

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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