Political espionage in Catalonia

METEDO 3 the private detective agency at the centre of a political espionage scandal was always in demand. Metodo 3 was founded in 1985 and this week the head of the agency, Francisco Marco,was arrested along with three of his detectives in the midst of a political espionage scandal in Catalonia.

One of its most famous cases was the hunt for Francisco Gaesa, a spy linked to the GAL government death squads set up to combat ETA in the 1980s. Gaesa faked his own death but Metodo 3 located him in Luxembourg in 2004. 

The agency also participated in the search for Madeleine McCann, the British girl who vanished in the Algarve in 2007. Her parents contacted the agency to seek its help. In an interview, Marco said he would find her within six months.

Police have searched the offices of the agency as the enquiry into political spying widens and have found dossiers on top judges and politicians, including the region’s former chief of the interior.

A Catalan Popular Party leader has filed charges against the detectives who spied on her.

by SGL

 

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