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Yesterday 21:50Catalan Politician Leaves for Switzerland Days Before Court Date    ( New York Times )
MADRID — Anna Gabriel, a leading figure of the separatist movement in Catalonia who is due in court in Madrid this week to face possible charges of ... Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy of Spain disbanded the regional government and the authorities sought Mr. Puigdemont's arrest on sedition charges.
Yesterday 12:50Real Madrid make Chelsea and Man Utd player offer for Thibaut Courtois and David de Gea    ( Daily Star )
REAL MADRID will offer Keylor Navas when they make bid for David de Gea and Thibaut Courtois this summer. By Callum Vurley / Published 18th ... A new keeper is one of the key orders from Madrid chiefs, with Man Utd ace De Gea eyed as well as Chelsea stopper Courtois. Spaniard De Gea has long ...
02/16/2018 18:15Spain : A man sentenced to 16 years in prison for murdering a Moroccan national    ( Yabiladi in English )
The murder took place on April 25, 2016 at 7:33, near the municipality of FuentidueĂąa de Tajo (Madrid). The agent was driving a blue BMW 320 while the Moroccan national was driving a gray Opel Zafira. Both had started racing for several kilometers until one car crossed the continuous line and hit the ...
02/16/2018 15:25Madrid warned “Playa Pesmar Uno” five times it was sailing into Argentine waters    ( MercoPress )
The Spanish Fishing Monitoring Center, CSP, located in Madrid has revealed it warned the trawler “Playa Pesmar Uno” five times that is was sailing into Argentine waters before it was finally arrested by the Argentine authorities, according to Alberto Lopez Asenjo, Spain's Fisheries Secretary, in an ...
02/16/2018 14:15Madrid seeks to overturn Catalan as first language    ( The Times )
Madrid seeks to overturn Catalan as first language ... A row between the Spanish and Catalan governments has broken out after Madrid suggested giving parents in Catalonia the choice of whether their children are ... He faces charges of rebellion and sedition and will be arrested if he returns to Spain.
02/16/2018 00:10Stars of 'El Boom' celebrated in Madrid show for forgotten photographer    ( The Guardian )
But now, almost three years after his death, efforts are under way to honour him in Spain and to bring his work to a wider audience. On Friday, a major retrospective of Pestana's work opens in Madrid, staged by the Instituto Cervantes and the government of Galicia. According to the exhibition's curators, ...
02/16/2018 00:10Civil Guard Officer Given 16 Years In Prison For 2016 Motorway Murder Of Moroccan Man Near ...    ( The Spain Report )
A 33-year old Civil Guard officer, Ángel Luis Viana JimĂŠnez, has been sentenced to 16 years in prison by a court in Madrid for the murder of a Moroccan ... A jury, according to a copy of the sentence obtained by The Spain Report, agreed he had suffered "a brief psychotic upset" as a consequence of his ...
02/15/2018 19:15Balearics launch pioneering plan to phase out emissions    ( The Guardian )
The question of whether Madrid or Spain's regions exercise responsibility for energy policy will ultimately determine the fate of the Balearics climate plan. Last month, Spain's constitutional court froze a similarly ambitious climate change act passed by the restive parliament in Catalonia. The Balearics ...
02/15/2018 16:20Former Radical Separatist MP Tells Supreme Court Catalan Declaration Of Independence Was For ...    ( The Spain Report )
... (Popular Unity Candidacy), has told the Supreme Court in Madrid that October's declaration of independence from Spain was neither "cosmetic" nor ... of public funds, added that secession from Spain had been stopped by "a coup that took the form of Article 155 and the imposition of new elections".
02/14/2018 21:21David De Gea desperate to join Real Madrid... but Man Utd star has Chelsea worry    ( Daily Star )
Belgium international Courtois is keen to join Real this summer and he's told Chelsea about his desire to return to Spain. The 25-year-old spent three years in La Liga on loan at Atletico Madrid from 2011 to 2014. Don Balon add that Real are confident of signing Courtois at the end of the season from the ...
02/14/2018 04:10Real Madrid star rejects Man Utd and Chelsea move: Florentino Perez wants him gone    ( Daily Star )
The Spanish giants are keen to replace the Costa Rica international at the Bernabeu this summer. Real president Florentino Perez is eyeing moves for United star David De Gea and Chelsea stopper Thibaut Courtois. However, according to Spanish transfer outlet Don Balon, Navas may stop Real from ...
02/14/2018 04:10The Popular Party: Caught in a quagmire of corruption    ( EL PAÍS in English )
The accusations made in court on Monday by Francisco Granados, once one of the party's most powerful figures in Madrid and now a target of the ... have scandalized Spanish society, which confesses to being concerned about political corruption in this country – the other side of the Spain Brand.
02/14/2018 03:15European Court Of Human Rights Orders Spain To Pay €50000 Compensation To Two ETA ...    ( The Spain Report )
The European Court of Human Rights has ordered Spain to pay two convicted ETA terrorists, Martin Sarasola YarzĂĄbal e Igor Portu Juanenea, €20,000 and €30,000 respectively for "inhuman and degrading treatment" following their arrest by the Civil Guard in 2008. The court specifically rejected the ...
02/14/2018 02:10Forgotten Franco victims to be memorialised four decades after dictator's death    ( Telegraph.co.uk )
... 2,500 mass graves across Spain. But Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy defunded the programme in 2012, leaving any such initiatives in the hands of local governments, NGOs or private individuals. Mr Valiente said the Madrid administration's aim was to finally bring restitution for the “forgotten victims”.
02/14/2018 02:10Europe court orders Spain to compensate ETA bombers for ill treatment    ( Yahoo Singapore News )
Europe's top rights court on Tuesday ordered Spain to compensate two ETA members convicted of the 2006 bombing of Madrid airport for the "inhuman and degrading treatment" they suffered in police custody. The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) did not however uphold the men's claim that ...
02/13/2018 21:20Spain ordered to pay Eta bombers compensation for police abuse    ( Irish Times )
The Spanish state has been ordered to pay two convicted Eta terrorists who carried out a notorious bombing attack on Madrid airport €50,000 in compensation for their mistreatment at the hands of the police. The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) found on Tuesday that Mattin Sarasola and Igor ...
02/13/2018 18:15In new blow to Popular Party, current and former Madrid premiers named in graft probe    ( EL PAÍS in English )
At a hearing on Monday inside Spain's High Court, the Audiencia Nacional, Granados stated that the PP organized “a parallel support campaign” to help Aguirre win re-election in 2007 and 2011. These parallel activities were not bankrolled with official funds, he said. Investigators believe that the Madrid ...
02/13/2018 18:15Human Rights court rules against Spain in ETA prisoner abuse case    ( EL PAÍS in English )
A year before, on December 30, 2006, they planted a bomb in the Terminal 4 parking lot at Madrid's Barajas airport. The explosion killed two Ecuadorians, Carlos Alonso Palate and Diego Armando Estacio, who were asleep in their vehicles at the time. Portu and Sarasola, whose actions marked the end ...
02/13/2018 17:20Catalans enlist EU court support on Puigdemont investiture    ( The Local Spain )
Puigdemont has been seeking to run the wealthy secessionist region of northeastern Spain from Brussels, as he faces arrest should he return home for fronting an independence campaign Madrid deems anti-constitutional. Spain's constitutional court has made Puigdemont's investiture conditional on his ...
02/13/2018 16:20The use of chemical weapons in the Rif : Madrid responds to an Amazigh NGO's request    ( Yabiladi in English )
The Spanish 1977 Amnesty Law, a law promulgated in 1977, two years after caudillo Francisco Franco's death, prohibits any Francoist Spain crime from being put under trial. Unfortunately, the law is still in force, and has been used as a reason for not investigating and prosecuting Francoist human rights ...

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