‘The Wire’ – Teulada style

The mayor suspected his phones were bugged and brought in police

Whoever tapped the phones of Teulada’s mayor Antoni Joan Bertomeu is unlikely to be prosecuted


Although wire-tapping is a criminal offence, the case was provisionally shelved by Denia investigating judge, Javier Reyes.

It is impossible to proceed, Reyes said, because in their report, police admitted that it was impossible to determine who contracted the lines that replaced or duplicated Bertomeu’s town hall and private phone lines.

Last August the mayor began to suspect that his phones were bugged and brought in police-approved specialists to carry out a search.

After a sweep of Bertomeu’s office, experts concluded that his calls were being intercepted by someone using cloned SIM cards.

Temporarily shelving the court investigation does not imply doubts that the offence was committed, the judge continued. 

The judge said that if more evidence emerges, the case will reopen. 

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