By James Warren •
Published: 07 Oct 2019 • 9:26
THE Conviction of reckless driving and attacking law enforcement officers has been quashed in the case against Francisco Franco Martínez-Bordiú, the eldest grandchild of Spain’s former dictator Francisco Franco.
The decision was overturned after an appeal by one of the officers was thrown out due to “insufficient evidence” to undermine the presumption of innocence.
The original incident took place back in 2012 when Martínez-Bordiú was spotted driving the wrong way down the N-234 with his lights out.
He was requested to pull over by the Guardia Civil but refused to stop, instead taking officer on a 30km chase before finally pulling over between Collados and Laguerruela.
As officers approached the window, the passenger of the car pointed a shotgun out of the window before Martínez-Bordiú reversed into the patrol car and raced away, injuring one of the police men.
The car was found five hours later and was traced to be owned by a company owned by Francisco Franco Suelves, the son of Martínez-Bordiú.
In February 2018, a criminal court in Teruel ruled that Martínez-Bordiú was the driver of the vehicle after an official statement was given by one of the arresting officers identified him.
Martínez-Bordiú appealed the decision and was acquitted after insufficient evidence was presented to the court and no charge was brought against him.
This latest appeal issued by the officer has been officially shelved and The Constitutional Court has refused to admit the appeal, meaning that Martínez-Bordiú is now a free man.
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