Spanish Judge agrees to prosecute 16 police officers in connection with the death of 14 migrants

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SIXTEEN Guardia Civil officers will stand trial for the alleged reckless death of at least 14 migrants who drowned in Cueta trying to enter Spain.

An investigation was launched after it was heard the migrants had perished after jumping into the water to avoid being detained by ‘riot police’ on February 6, 2014.

According to witness reports, a Guardia Civil boat was used as a barrier to prevent entry, together with two Army vessels. In one statement, a survivor claimed ‘red cartridges’ and ‘smoke or gas canisters’ were used to ‘baffle’ migrants.

In January 2017 and August 2018, a magistrate ordered the dismissal of the case.

But this was rejected by the Provincial Court, which ruled ‘no effort should be spared in order to exhaust the necessary investigative proceedings and thus achieve sufficient and effective research that is required.”


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Tara Rippin

Tara Rippin is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News, and is responsible for the Costa Blanca region.
She has been in journalism for more than 20 years, having worked for local newspapers in the Midlands, UK, before relocating to Spain in 1990.
Since arriving, the mother-of-one has made her home on the Costa Blanca, while spending 18 months at the EWN head office in Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol.
She loves being part of a community that has a wonderful expat and Spanish mix, and strives to bring the latest and most relevant news to EWN’s loyal and valued readers.

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