Mallorca News Top Story: Computer error lets convicted murderer walk free in Palma de Mallorca

The National Police took the woman to court, however within a few hours the judge released her. Credit: A. Sepulveda.

A COMPUTER error at a court in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, has resulted in a woman convicted of kidnapping and murder being able to walk the streets.
Last week, specialist officers from the National Police arrested the 40-year-old Romanian woman after a warrant was issued by her native country. The woman was sentenced to 17 years in jail in 2006 for kidnapping and murdering a man, however before she was sentenced she fled from the country with a fake passport.
After her arrest in Palma, the woman was detained in custody where she appeared in court the next day. However, when the judge searched on the computer database, they could not find her detention order. Making matters worse, when the judge attempted to call Central Court Number 5, who were in charge of the case, no one answered the phone. The judge then took the decision to release the woman hours later.
Upon hearing the news the next day, the National Court were alarmed at the worrying mistake as according to Spanish law, it is prohibited to detain an individual twice for the same crime.
As Euro Weekly News understand there is no indication that the woman will be arrested again.

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