Free sports broadcasts closed down by National Police

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AFTER receiving a formal complaint from a distributor of digital television programming in 2015, officers of the National Police undertook a serious investigation into the illegal streaming of sporting events within Spain.

It transpired that a website was offering the free streaming of sporting events without authorisation or obtaining a licence so officers have arrested the person responsible together with five other people allegedly partners in the activity.

Searches took place in properties in A Coruna, Barcelona, Cadiz, Gerona, Madrid and Malaga where a number of computers and other devices were found together with details which allowed the investigators to block 15 bank accounts said to contain €11 million.

In what was something of a twist, the man said to be behind the whole breach of intellectual property rights and three colleagues when arrested were all wearing wigs, glasses and motor cycle helmets. 

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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica. Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene. Share your story with us by emailing [email protected], by calling +34 951 38 61 61 or by messaging our Facebook page


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